September 16, 2015

Five tips for engaging employees from day one

Engaged employees help your business, are more positive and energetic, and tend to stay. When employees are engaged in their work, they use their talents better and are more productive. Here are five tips for engaging employees from day one:

1. Less is not always better. Sure, you don't want to lock folks up in a room for a day or keep energetic, enthusiastic workers from getting started. But you do want to prepare them with just enough detail about your company's and department's culture, important work or administrative processes and how their job and team support company or client goals.

Mix in a few personal details, like how they get paid, with some big picture information, such as company mission. But also get to the individual - help the employee see how he or she as an individual can fit in, grow and thrive in the organization. In other words, it's about the company, but it's also about the employee's role in and value to the company.

2. Review (and revise) how you deliver your orientation program. For example, where Baby Boomers preferred to learn through a facilitator, or in a traditional classroom/workshop set-up, Gen Y workers, who are also are called Millennials, like collaborative and networked learning. Gen Z takes the networking further, preferring technology-based learning. If you haven't adjusted some of your orientation and other training to accommodate these different styles, you're likely to lose a few of your young workers' interest. Either a buffet or combination approach can keep workers of all generations interested.

3. Of course, you can always turn to software onboarding programs to help engage employees.Offering up a menu of choices to help employees engage empowers them, and gives new workers a chance to choose some teams, activities and even learning methods that might work best for their generation and personal style. Maybe an enthusiastic new employee is a perfect fit for the softball team. New hires might want to learn more about certain benefits online from home instead of sitting through a presentation.

4. You can't force employees to be engaged; you create relationships and a culture that encourages communication and engagement.

Show new hires how they can participate and add value early in their employment. Nurture open communication, feedback and positive relationships. Recognize and reward engagement so that self-starters in your workforce provide an example for others. And if you spot potential in a hesitant employee, considercoaching to encourage the employee's engagement and talents.

5. As for retention, start giving feedback right away. Boomers are used to waiting for an annual review, and that might be company policy for formal feedback. But Gen Y prefers on-demand feedback, so if your new Gen Yer asks, "How did I do on that report?" it's best to answer honestly and to say more than "You did fine." Gen Z wants feedback often and consistently. Start giving it right away, couching criticism as a collaborative "how we can improve" and using honest, positive feedback as regularly as possible.

We're here to grow your people who will grow your business.

Here's to the Self-Starters that inspire us every day! We're here to help you with employee engagement and retention.  

Warmest regards,


Dr. Julie Miller, President & Founder
Self-Starter Enterprises, LLC 

Contact us now or call 425.485.3221 to discuss our powerful in-house Success Sessions OR individual Self-Starter programs and coaching.   

April 27, 2013

March 20, 2012

The Mother Love Show on LA Talk Radio

I was honored to be invited to present the topic of Self-Starters on The Mother Love Show on February 27th. The show went great and we were also able to hear directly from one of our Self-Starters, Sunny Kobe Cook. The entire show can be heard here.

Chat with Women Radio Show

On March 12th, I had the privilege of appearing on the Chat with Women radio show. Listen to the entire show here!

February 14, 2012

Accent On! on LA Talk Radio

This is the first segment on the new radio show titled, Accent On! . . . I have the privilege of doing the first 20-minute segment the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Stay tuned for interviews with real life Self-Starters!

January 17, 2012

LA Talk Radio

Last Wednesday, January 11th, I was interviewed on LA Talk Radio. I'd like to thank Sharon Dale and Lucie Hill of the Hill & Dale Show for welcoming me and giving me the time to talk Self-Starters. Below is a photo of Lucie Hill and myself. Listen to the interview!

November 23, 2011

Does Every Job Require an Entrepreneur?

Interesting articles have been popping up left and right that focus on the traits of a self-starter. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Every Job Requires an Entrepreneur, Charles Schwab, yes, THAT Charles Schwab, wrote that the key to economic growth in this country is letting entrepreneurs loose! Let those self-starters go for it without all the encumbrances that weigh down innovation and creativity. 

It's a good read. Look it up.