Engaging Your Employees - by Ravi Patel

 

Recruiting and hiring good employees is not enough for Entrepreneurs.

 

After new employees start work, on-boarding, orientation and making them aware of the company's Vision, Mission and culture should be a standard part of any hiring process. How many Entrepreneurs do that?

 

Even if you have a robust on-boarding process, what do you do to keep your employees actively engaged in your company?

 

Entrepreneurs don't treat working in their company as a "job." They need to develop that sense of spirit in their employees. Employees should feel closely attached to the Mission of the company such that they view their job in a macro sense - as having a direct impact on fulfilling the Mission rather than just completing assigned tasks.

 

Offering material rewards for accomplishments works for a while. What is more important is the emotional engagement of employees in the company such that they personally identify themselves with the company's success (and failures). Finding ways to engage employees in a meaningful way should be a key objective for Entrepreneurs.

 

Engaged employees are generally happy and productive. Get them involved in your company.

 

 

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