Do Your 2017 Goals Include Your People Practices?

Dec 13, 2016

Do Your 2017 Goals Include Your People Practices

As 2016 draws to a close, you may be looking ahead at goals for the upcoming year. Do your 2017 business goals include your people practices? Your employees are the backbone of your organization and when they're engaged in their work, your bottom line benefits. Make people a priority at your business in 2017 by adding an employee engagement strategy to your new year's resolutions.

Did you know that employee satisfaction is directly correlated to higher profits and an enhanced brand? Engaged workers—individuals who are happy in their jobs and with their organization—are more productive, have less turnover and absenteeism, and have better customer ratings. Highly engaged employees also benefit business by serving as a great recruiting tool. After all, who wouldn't want to be employed at one of the "top places to work?"

In any organization, it is important to realize that employee engagement is part of company culture and must be driven from the top down. Successful businesses have actively engaged leaders that also serve as mentors to their staff. As a manager, you must first identify what engagement means at your organization before focusing on goals to improve it. How do you determine what engages your employees? Ask. Employee engagement and satisfaction surveys can be valuable means to uncovering what motivates your workers. From work environment to benefits, employee training to development opportunities, results from employee satisfaction surveys can tell you exactly what your people want and need to feel valued and happy at your organization.

Once you know what keeps your workers engaged, your employee engagement strategy can start to take shape.

  • Set goals for enhancing engagement. Keep goals actionable, observable, and measurable.
  • Form a taskforce or have an executive team that focuses on the employee engagement strategy, and assign responsibility to specific goal items.
  • Create a timeline for executing those goals and communicate goal deadlines to everyone involved in the process.

Through setting goals for your people practices in 2017, you can do much more than retain satisfied workers—you can also reduce your company's cost, earn favor in the eyes of customers, and recruit the next round of top talent.

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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