Shifting Focus During Labor Market Rebalancing
During the height of the Great Resignation, many healthcare companies experimented with more robust benefits packages and significant pay increases in order to get talented workers in the door. However, as the labor market continues to regain its balance, forward-looking HR teams are pivoting their attention to craft more effective workforce retention strategies.
With more employees choosing to stay at their jobs, the focus should now be on employee empowerment. This means creating an environment in which employees feel valued, heard, and motivated to perform their best. It’s about giving them the tools and opportunities they need to grow and succeed in their roles.
Fighting Employee Disengagement Through Empowerment
It’s important to note that many of the employees who are choosing to stay in their positions are disengaged. They may be staying out of necessity rather than choice, which can lead to decreased productivity and morale.
A recent Gallup poll revealed that 59% of workers are “quiet quitting,” while 18% are “loud quitting” — remaining in their positions but quietly or actively remaining disengaged.
This is where employee empowerment comes in to increase engagement. So how can you empower your employees?
Promote Open Communication
First, encourage your team to voice its ideas and concerns. Open dialogue fosters a sense of belonging and can lead to innovative solutions.
Invest in Professional Development
Show your employees that you’re invested in their growth. Offer training programs, workshops, or tuition reimbursement to help them expand their skills and knowledge.
Recognize and Reward
Your employees like to be appreciated, which is an essential part of building a positive, collaborative work culture. Regularly recognize your employees’ efforts and achievements through a simple “thank you” or a more formal recognition program.
Encourage a Work-Life Balance
Burnout is a real issue that affects a large majority of healthcare workers. You can combat burnout and the resulting loss of engagement and productivity by encouraging a healthy work-life balance. This could mean offering flexible work hours, promoting wellness programs, or simply respecting employees’ time off.
Employee empowerment isn’t a one-time initiative — it’s a culture that needs to be nurtured over time. But with these steps, you’ll be well on your way to building a more empowered and engaged workforce.