How do you really manage to engage employees and keep them that way from day one?
Employee engagement is a term that is batted around considerably at the moment. But what does it really mean? How can you tell if your staff are engaged? What is the best way to keep them that way?
Technology has recently allowed us to actually measure data and figures against engagement levels to produce in-depth employee engagement strategies and ideas.
Ultimately, staff engagement lies on how happy and secure they feel in your work. Be that in the work place or with the job they are doing. If you love what you do and you are good at it you are bound to be engaged, right?
However, this assumption implies that employee engagement takes time and can't start as soon as you join a new organisation. What if this was not true? A lot of research recently suggests that you can start engaging your employees before their first day.
It falls on HR professionals to ensure that employees are engaged. The following issues can be avoided if you are prepared to invest in the digital tools available to construct a strong employee engagement strategy.
“Your equipment is still with IT”
We have all been there, it is your first day at a new company, you have spent ages getting ready, making sure you know where you are going, making sure you have done everything you need to do to have a successful first day. Understandably, mistakes can happen. Someone might have a short on-boarding process and therefore IT have not had the time to fully prepare. However, on average it takes 2 weeks from contract signature to first day. By investing in HR software, you can ensure that automatic emails are sent out to the relevant departments as soon as a contract is signed. Even before that (when a job offer is sent out) to ensure that everyone is aware of what is coming down the pipeline.
"I don't think I have been paid correctly'
- This issue creeps up a little too frequently, not being paid correctly can be detrimental. Being paid incorrectly when you first start a new job sets the bar for what is to come. You never really regain confidence in it.
- However investing in a solution which allows you to put in start dates and pay rates and contractual hours and working patterns, which then calculates to the penny how much you should be paying your employee, would remove this issue ever coming up in the first place.
It’s not just about tech - people too!
- Invest in technology that alleviates the manual process, and prompts you to actively prepare for the arrival of a new starter.
- Using your new tools, contact the new starter before they start to ensure you have the correct bank details, a photo for their security pass, and give them a brochure of the company to read.
- Ensure that the employee’s desk is set up, the computer is ready and you are there to meet them. A nice, simple touch such as a welcome note can help alleviate first day jitters; it’s a great way to start your employee off in an engaged culture, and show them that they matter.