To Cultivate Engaged Employees, Use the F.O.R.C.E.

(DGIwire) – When it comes to attracting and retaining talent, businesses face a growing challenge in light of the booming job market. With the current demand for skilled employees exceeding the number of available workers, keeping a team engaged is vital to a successful management strategy. As noted in a recent blog on the website of Atrium, a staffing and contingent workforce solutions firm, employees seek purposeful work with employee-centric work cultures.

“A common misconception among companies is that money is the strongest motivator,” says Rebecca Cenni-Leventhal, founder and president of Atrium. “However, workplaces that encourage flexibility, opportunity, recognition, community and enhanced experience—or ‘F.O.R.C.E.’ for short—are getting the best employees.”

Here are some ways these five watchwords are useful in facilitating this goal:

  • Flexibility: Flexibility is a requirement in today’s workplace. Businesses that haven’t adapted to this modern trend are losing talent to employers who have. Adjustable schedules and the ability to work from home occasionally are valuable company perks that don’t come at a high cost. Employers should listen to their employees and use engagement tools to survey their needs.
  • Opportunity: Nothing is more rewarding than doing meaningful work. Giving employees the opportunity to work on projects that align with their passion keeps teams interested in the work they are completing. Ensuring proper management is in place to define career objectives and track goal progress, drives motivation and business initiatives.
  • Recognition: Who doesn’t love a compliment? Positive feedback is essential to happiness and employees should be recognized for a job well done. Every employee is different, so it’s important to understand the culture within a workplace and various departments. Much like communication patterns, employers should utilize various forms of praise to be most effective.
  • Community: Modern employees are no longer building their careers with corporate ladders and longevity. For the most part, the job-jumping stigma is gone, which means tenured employees can feel out of reach to many employers. Embracing a people-centric culture and promoting a sense of community within the workplace boosts loyalty and retention.
  • Experience: Businesses that invest in engagement strategies are challenging the noncommittal mindset of today’s employees. The cost of engagement programming and management may seem expensive, but turnover is costly and employees who feel valued perform better. Do the math and consider hiring an Employee Experience Manager.

“Companies facing challenges with talent retention should consider adopting a new engagement strategy and bring the F.O.R.C.E. back to their workforce,” Cenni-Leventhal adds.