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How to keep your staff engaged in 2023

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that companies look at ways to keep their staff engaged, says HR expert Rachel Weaven.

Richard Branson said: “Clients do not come first, employees come first, you take care of your employees and they will take care of your clients.”

Now, more than ever, recruitment is an uphill battle and quiet quitting is a ‘new’ trend, so it is imperative that companies look at ways to keep their staff engaged.

This plays a vital role in having productive workforces as staff will want to do more for those companies they feel valued by and will want the company to be successful.

Here are things which impact staff engagement:

Line Managers – good or bad they will have an impact on the rest of the team and some of this can come down to them not having the correct skillset.

Employees having a voice – let them offer their opinions (without fear of judgement or ridicule), as you don’t know what experience employees have and they could put something forward that could really change the business.

Toxic office environment – if you find that people are coming and going often when you don’t expect it, then this may be something to pay attention to. What’s going on that you can’t see? Is it a difficult team leader? Or a dominant team member? Is it you? Do you as a leader, need to look at your own behaviour?

Motivators – understand what motivates them, whilst money is a main motivator for many, other areas can be work/home life balance, development within the business, job satisfaction and being able to be yourself in the workplace.

The values of the business – Does the company have them? Are they reflected top-down and embedded into the business so that there is no air of ‘lip service’ or ‘tokenism’?

Rachel Weaven runs face2face HR and works with small businesses across Wiltshire. She is a member of the not-for-profit business referral group BusinessWise

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