Is it written in the stars?

Now, more than ever, employees are looking for a sense of purpose and meaning in their work. In fact, research shows 73% of employees who report working for a “purpose driven” company are engaged.

It’s essential for organizations to support employees’ values and strengths if they hope to compete in the modern war for talent. There are many ways in which companies and HR professionals can provide intrinsically fulfilling meaning in work. Whether it’s a company mission of equal pay, social responsibility, opportunities for personal or career growth, or simply transparent communication surrounding what employees do with the impact of their work. Similarly, it’s important for employees to find personal fulfillment and strive to reach their full potential.

Salary.com is proud to present you with a guide to help both employers and employees navigate their work universe and jointly create a purposeful and fulfilling atmosphere.

PHASE 1: Attract: Starting Your Journey

There’s a lot of talent out there, so how do you make sure your company is the brightest star in the universe? Employees, particularly millennials and gen Z-ers, are looking to be part of something that’s bigger and better than themselves. A company with a progressive culture will attract the type of talent that is willing to make their next workplace a home, rather than just a stepping-stone.

Read our tips on how employers can build a purposeful culture, and how employees can find a company that shares their personal values.

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PHASE 2: Engage: Sustaining Life

With so many different methods to engage employees, there is no real ‘right way’ to keep everybody happy under the sun. If you want to foster a sustainable atmosphere, however, it’s ideal if your engagement methods fit within your company’s overall mission (i.e.: a company that claims to be environmentally friendly, or ‘green,’ may want to start a volunteer-based garden or compost pile). Ultimately, engaging employees is as easy as providing a clear understanding of how your organization is fulfilling its purpose and objectives and how you are changing to fulfill those better.

Read our tips on how employers can keep their employees engaged around a consistent and meaningful mission, and how employees can continue to reach their full potential at work.

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PHASE 3: Retain: Staying in Orbit

Employee turnover is the highest it's been in 10 years, meaning it’s not uncommon for employees to look for a new, shiny star to orbit. If an employee feels that their current position isn’t providing enough opportunities for growth, or being true to their values, they are likely to look elsewhere. That’s why it’s so important to really make sure employees are being heard, respected, and treated fairly.

Here are some tips on how employers can retain their top candidates by renewing their sense of purpose, and how employees can redirect their careers to regain a sense of fulfillment.

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