More than 61% of workers interviewed by OfficeTeam admit it’s at least somewhat likely they would leave their current position if they felt disengaged. That’s bad news for some employers: More than 26% of professionals said their company is not effective at keeping staff motivated. The survey is based on telephone interviews with 869 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in the United States and Canada.

When workers are disengaged, retention shouldn’t be a company’s only concern – productivity and customer service levels also suffer, said OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking. There are many factors that contribute to strong employee engagement – chief among them are the ability of staff to reach professional goals and understand how they contribute to the organization’s big-picture objectives.

OfficeTeam offers five ideas for keeping employees motivated:

1. Keep them out of the dark. Whenever feasible, give your staff updates on the company’s financial performance and long- and short-term goals, and explain what this information means for them and their jobs. Sharing this information will help them feel connected to the organization.

2. Ask for input. Actively seek feedback from team members. Maintain an open-door policy, and an open mind, so that it’s easy for individuals to approach you. Reach out to those who may be uncomfortable voicing their thoughts to ensure their ideas are heard.

3. Break out of comfort zones. Encourage staff to take on new responsibilities and projects. By giving your workers a chance to try new things, you’ll demonstrate your confidence in them and help them build new skills.

4. Discuss career aspirations. It’s crucial for employees to set career goals so they feel they’re working toward something and can see that the company supports their professional aspirations. Talk to your staff about their ambitions and work with them on plans for meeting those objectives.

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