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Methods for Improving Recycling Industry Employee Engagement, Part 1

Like other industries where teamwork and coordination are important factors, employee engagement is vital for waste and recycling entities. Employees who care about their job and are passionate about completing it will be more productive. They are also more likely to practice good safety and health practices at work and at home.

At Leadpoint, our recycling industry staffing services start with recruiting and placing strong candidates at our customers’ sites. Once they’re on the job, employee engagement becomes a top priority. This two-part blog will detail the reasons why employee engagement is so essential in this industry, plus review tips any recycling operation can use to build engagement organically.

Why Employee Engagement Matters

Employee engagement is important in all industries. In this regard, recycling is not unique. Employees who are not engaged with their job, company and coworkers are less productive and motivated. These factors can increase the likelihood of turnover as employees look for better opportunities. Employers are smart to prioritize engagement.

Unfortunately, many of them do not succeed in building engaging workplaces. Research from Forbes shows that over two-thirds of employees are either indifferent to their jobs or outright disengaged. The data shows the importance of setting up proven, successful engagement techniques and processes within every business.

For the rest of our series, we’ll look into themes for building employee engagement.

Clearly Defining Future Opportunities

For starters, ensuring employees know they have a future at your company can make a big difference. Particularly with millennials making up a growing percentage of the workforce each year, this kind of stability and opportunity for growth plays a big role in choosing a job, sticking with it, and being engaged.

Make a point to hold conversations with employees about their future with the company when they are hired and regularly throughout their tenure. Provide regular training on new skills, especially those that may lead to promotion or other growth opportunities. Doing so will build trust and engagement over time.

Highlighting Great Work

A second way to build engagement is to recognize employees who have gone the extra mile or done exemplary work. Many employees feel like their good work is never acknowledged.  Doing so in simple ways like a nominal award, a shout-out during a safety meeting, or even a simple pat on the back can be powerful motivators. Employees who feel underappreciated are far more likely to become disengaged or even quit; it takes very little to make them feel noticed and appreciated on a day-to-day basis. In addition, some companies use reward system software to encourage employees to reward each other based on performance and quality.

For more on boosting employee engagement, or to learn about any of our high-performance work team solutions, , speak to the staff at Leadpoint today.


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