5 “Big Picture” Things You Should Be Doing to Keep Long-Term Employees Engaged

1. Show Your Appreciation Regularly

According to Aon’s 2018 Trends in Global Employee Engagement, the number one driver of employee engagement is “Rewards & Recognition.” While in previous years “Fair Pay” has been a crucial deciding factor, researchers found this year that recognition beyond pay and benefits were more important to employees.

  • Shout-out appreciation in team settings- Public displays of recognition can go a long way towards building a more positive workplace culture.
  • Offer small rewards for employees who go above and beyond- This can be a great way to show that you really notice when someone puts in extra effort.
  • Celebrate your teams success on a quarterly basis- Anytime you reach your quarterly targets, you should celebrate by doing something fun, like going out for a meal together or taking part in ateam building activity.

2. Build a Foundation of Mutual Trust & Respect

When most people think about improving employee engagement, they tend to think about things like creating new work perks or increasing compensation. But none of those things will matter if you don’t have a bedrock of trust and respect between your leadership team and employees.

3. Be Transparent About Career Opportunities & Growth

If you’re not transparent about what career opportunities are available at your organization, then employees might start to look somewhere else to fill those needs. For the ambitious ‘A Players’ on your team, you want them to know that there are reasons to stick around long-term, even if that means changing positions within your company. Be transparent about how you see their role evolving over the next five years, and how their pay scale might be affected, in order to keep them engaged for longer.

4. Invest in Training & Development

If you want to keep employees around for the long term, you need to show your commitment to them by investing in their personal development and growth. According to Gallup, 87% of millennials say that professional development and career growth are very important to their engagement at work.

  • Facilitate mentorship opportunities — Encourage employees to find mentors either within your workplace, or outside of it.
  • Bring in a training facilitator — Host semi-annual group training programs for your team to help them develop their skills and become more effective in the workplace.

5. Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead

Employee engagement levels can drop just as fast as they can rise. Keep up with the strategies that have been working for you and your team, even if employees are now in a good place.

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