By now, you probably know that employee engagement is an issue in most workplaces. In fact, according to a recent study by Dale Carnegie Training, 29% of employees are “fully engaged” with 26% “disengaged” or non-productive.
As one of the leading staffing agencies in Lynchburg – and Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows that when employees aren’t engaged, it leads to far-reaching, negative impacts on the company as a whole. Not only are they less productive, but they’re also less loyal too. As a result, you may be dealing with the issue of high turnover at a time when you’re trying to combat low productivity. Not a good situation to be in.
But there is one step you can take to deal with low levels of engagement and ensure your staff stays motivated – and it involves making the right hiring decisions from the start. To help you, here are a few signs to look out for when hiring:
Look for a Track Record of Engagement
There are certain people who are hard working and driven, whether they’re working in a leadership position or an internship. These are the people that you want to hire. So how do you find those with a pattern of engagement?
First, be sure to ask interview questions about what their career goals are and what motivates them to succeed. Also, when checking references, you’ll quickly be able to tell when talking to a past boss just how driven (or not) the candidate was. Be sure to ask questions like: “Would you hire this person again if you could?” A quick response in the affirmative vs. a pregnant pause speaks volumes.
Look for Growth Potential
While you don’t want to hire someone who isn’t qualified, also keep in mind that the person who will perform best may be someone who has never held the position before. For them, it’s a step up, full of exciting new challenges and opportunities. For someone making a lateral move, they may already be feeling bored and frustrated in their current position. So what’s to say they won’t feel the same way in a similar position at your company?
Listen to Each Candidate
Rather than spending all your interview time selling the opportunity, really listen to the candidate and what they’re looking for in an employer. What kind of culture are they most productive in? What are their short- and long-term career goals? What are they passionate about? Find out what the candidate wants – then ensure the opportunity you’re offering can deliver.
Keep in mind too that if you find a talented candidate you want to hire – but know you can’t offer them what they’re looking for – you’re going to wind up back where you started: with a disengaged employee. You need to be honest with yourself to ensure you hire someone who not only can do the job, but who’s goals align with what your company is offering.
Need More Help Hiring Engaged Employees?
Give Adams & Garth a call. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Lynchburg – and Central Virginia, we’ll work with you to learn about your company, your culture, and your key staffing pains. We’ll then get to work sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates so we can find the ones who are a great fit for you.