Most people think employee engagement begins when a person joins a company.
It begins the second a person looks at job listings on a company’s site.
An infographic from BrilliantInk explains 10 ways companies can improve their employees’ experiences at work, and therefore make them more engaged. Many of the suggestions on the list describe how an employee’s early days at a company—or interactions before he’s even hired—can have a major impact on how engaged he will be.
Here are a few of the tips:
1. Know that employee engagement begins before the first day on the job. Eighty-two percent of employees visit a company’s website when job hunting. Only 32 percent find the information there valuable.
2. Make the first day meaningful. More than 90 percent (92 percent) of new employees feel welcomed on their first day at a new job, but 43 percent say their first day was disorganized or confusing. This can lead to lower engagement.
3. Acclimate new employees to the company and the job. Seventy-seven percent of new employees participate in new hire orientation programs and, as a result, are more engaged.
4. Remember that one size does not fit all. About half of employees (47 percent) want to work on big assignments right away, while 53 percent prefer to learn the ropes first. Find out how each employee prefers to acclimate to his or her new role.
5. Show employees a possible career path. Most employees don’t hear about opportunities for career growth during the interview process (58 percent), during orientation (66 percent), or during performance reviews (40 percent).
To see the full list of tips, check out the graphic: