Are your Employees Engaged and Motivated?

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

We do a lot of work with businesses who contacted us because they were worried about losing some of their most talented people.

Recruiting the right people with the right attitude, values and skills is extremely difficult and the costs associated with replacing people has been said to cost between 12-18 months’ salary!


So, here’s some questions for you:-
  • Do you know if one of your best people is considering leaving?
  • Are you doing everything you can to ensure that people want to stay in your business?
  • Do you know what is motivating and engaging your teams to ensure they are giving their best?
  • Do you know what is getting in the way of people doing their best work?

These are difficult questions to answer, and the holy grail of employee engagement and staff morale can feel a mystery at times! Employee engagement is not about specific skills or individual talents. It is more than mere job satisfaction, and greater than simple motivation. Engagement is not something you can demand; it is something both you and your employee must contribute to.  Managers have a key role to play here and yet worryingly, 62% of employee’s leave their job as a result of their manager. Real, tangible economic benefits to engaging your employees are very clear:-
  • Increased retention
  • Reduced sickness
  • Greater customer satisfaction
  • Higher levels of creativity and innovation
  • Improved productivity
  • Optimum business performance
So what are the reasons why people decide to leave? Could these be some of the reasons?
  1. Lack of recognition for their achievements How many of us forget to give recognition to someone who has done a great job? Usually because we’re too busy and forget that it’s the right thing to do!  In a recent survey for a client, feeling valued and recognised was identified as the most significant area that needed to improve.
  2. Insufficient compensation and benefits This may or may not be in your control but it is worth reviewing regularly and ensuring that you are offering people competitive packages to help retain them.  Lots of our clients are finding it isn’t about salary either, it can be about flexible working or perhaps holidays.
  3. Infrequent growth and development opportunities You may not be aware, unless you ask, that your people want to progress and develop in their current role or into another role in your organisation.  Many of our surveys highlight that people do not have access to appropriate training and development.
Pro-Development can help with all these things, we can work with you and offer solutions to help you retain a great motivated team of people who are engaged in your business.  We are always happy to come in and have a chat about any of your concerns or challenges and share some of our ideas and experience of helping to raise employee engagement in your business.

Here’s what one of our clients said:-

Having been a sceptic of using external business advisers and personal developers, even though throughout my career I have been exposed to such individuals with many levels, and degrees of both interest and success, I have had to re-think my views. With Pro-Development our business has seen and experienced a totally different approach and a very positive level of results, both financially and in the progress of the business. Pro-Development have worked with our teams in their unique way with a programme of activity to support our employee engagement including events and training across a variety of job specs. They have the ability to work with both people who have sometimes to be cajoled to take part as well as those who are willing, with an enormous amount of success. Pro-Development’s programmes and continuing developments at all levels of the business, including directors, has given a new perspective to people’s approach to business life within our group of companies, even if I say the business had a solid work ethic and ethos before life with Pro-Development. Dare I say, even I have been exposed to Michelle’s and Sue’s ideas and methods which I feel have helped to build a solid workforce. Without doubt, any business wanting to grow and develop should have no reservation in working with Pro-Development, and I would strongly encourage you to at least have a look at how they can help you.   Roger Bodill, Chairman, DriveSpeed Group

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