A 2018 Gallup survey established that over 65 percent of workers in the U.S. were disengaged at work. Although engagement levels have improved since then, as an employer you have every reason to be worried about employee disengagement in your workplace.
While there are practical steps you can take to improve employee engagement, one of the most effective is to hire committed workers from the onset. An employee who is ready to put their best foot forward once hired isn’t likely to become disengaged at work.
But how do you hire a worker who is committed? Is it possible to measure the commitment of a jobseeker before hiring?
Here’s expert insight on how to hire dedicated workers.
Build a Workplace That Promotes Commitment
It’s unreasonable to hire a committed worker if your organization doesn’t provide an environment that enables them to showcase their commitment. This is why the first step you should take is to build a workplace to promotes your workers’ best efforts.
Building such a workplace isn’t going to happen overnight, but there are measures that will yield quick results. For example, draw policies that support fairness, transparency, and equity in your workplace. Create employee recognition and reward programs.
Gradually, your organization will build a reputation for being supportive. The modern job seeker wants to know the reputation and organizational culture of an employer before accepting a job offer. If a job seeker is keen on working in an organization that will appreciate them for being committed, they’ll be motivated to apply for your jobs after learning that your organization offers what they’re looking for.
Know How to Identify a Committed Worker
There isn’t a defined scale for measuring the level of commitment in a person, but there are strategies you can use to determine whether someone is committed.
First, you’ll find some clues in the resume. A worker who has held multiple jobs within a short timeframe isn’t exactly the definition of a committed worker. Loyalty is a sign of commitment, so someone who has held one or two jobs for a long time is more likely to be a committed worker.
What if you’re hiring a fresh graduate; someone who is new to the job market? Ask them to describe their goals and objectives and you might just pick up subtle cues.
A job seeker who values commitment is more likely to have an emphasis on long-term goals and they generally look cheerful and happy.
Seek Expert Help
Employee recruitment is a specialized skill. There’s a reason organizations have HR departments with a team of recruitment experts.
If you don’t have recruitment expertise, it’s best to let the experts handle your hiring needs. A professional recruiter, such as those found in staffing agencies, can easily tell a committed worker from a noncommitted worker during the interview process.
So, when your priority is to hire committed employees, let experts do the hiring for you.
It’s Possible to Hire Committed Workers
In a country with high levels of workplace disengagement, hiring committed workers can look like an impossible mission. It’s not. As long as you know what to look for and how to go about the recruitment process, it shouldn’t be hard to build a committed workforce.
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