How to Use Strategic Workforce Planning to Engage Your Staff

strategic workforce planningYou want your staff to be engaged – yet the numbers say that engaging employees may be an uphill battle. In a report entitled, “State of the American Workplace,” Gallup Research discovered that 70 percent of American workers were not engaged in the workplace. Through strategic workforce planning, you can ensure that your employees are more engaged with their job and their employer.


There are many ways to engage your employees, and the steps in your strategic workforce planning do not need to be complicated. Just by putting a few of these steps in place, you can begin to see individual performance improve, as well as the collective culture of your workplace.


Focus on visibility. Encourage managers and high-level executives to be accessible and visible in the office, with their doors open for consultation and guidance whenever possible. When you are focused on visibility, make sure your strategies include every level of employee, such as highlighting achievements to motivate both the achieving employee and their peers.


Express gratitude. Saying thank you seems like it would be a given, but it is often forgotten in the course of a busy day at work. The next time your employee delivers a promised report or other item, make eye contact and thank them. Make it a habit and you might find your team more energized and motivated.


Be an authentic person. In a modern world with email and text communication, it’s easy to let the human side of relationships suffer. Don’t forget that your employees are real people. One of the best ways to remember this is to be real yourself, and make an effort to build a relationship with each individual on your team. The resulting trust and camaraderie will bolster your team against the threat of disengagement.


Embrace flexibility. Your employees may enjoy having some control over their hours and the location from which they work. While you may love the buzz of the office, some of your staff may crave a quiet place to concentrate. Keep in mind your employees’ personalities and styles when you talk with them about flexibility. This simple step can significantly increase employee satisfaction and engagement.


Change the way you hire. Many companies look at experience and education, and then trust their gut to do the rest. However, hiring for traits and behaviors is part of balanced strategic workforce planning. A behavioral assessment can identify the innate drives and motivations of a candidate, giving you reliable information about whether the candidate will be an engaged employee. You need the right behaviors and personality traits for the culture of your company.


Take a good look at how you lead. You may think your team perceives your leadership style one way, but the reality may be quite different. You may think your style connects well with a certain team member, but with some in-depth knowledge about what truly motivates that person, you could see even more impressive performance. If you’re willing to take a good look at your leadership style and the genuine performance motivators of your team, you may be surprised at what you learn. (And delighted with the payoff).


Are you intentional about your actions and decisions to improve employee engagement? Your strategic workforce planning should include behavioral assessment to ensure that your employees fit the position and the broader culture of your organization. PI Consulting Group provides you with data-driven, practical results that help you design an engaged team of employees (which may mean starting with the team you already have). Call us today and let’s get started.