Outside of talent acquisition and retention, employee engagement has become a major challenge for businesses. It is essential for organizational competitiveness, growth, and success in all industries. Are your employees passionate about their jobs? Do they come in every day eager and enthusiastic to not only do their job but contribute to the hospital’s goals? If not, you may be experiencing a staff engagement gap that can end up costing your organization in the long run. Engagement correlates with productivity, patient care, and profitability.

There are numerous ways to make your staff feel more inspired by their work, and engaged in the long-term goals of the hospital. Many factors contribute to meaningful engagement, and the good news is it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are three main ways you can cultivate employee engagement:

Invest in Your Employees' Development

When managers are committed to the professional growth of each team member, great results are bound to happen. Not only does this show employees his or her value to the organization, but it motivates employees to commit to their role in the success of the company. If you provide your team with the opportunities to grow and expand their knowledge, they will be more productive and loyal.

Give Praise, and do it Often

A Gallup study found that the number one reason most Americans quit their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. It’s difficult to stay engaged with a company when you feel you don’t matter. Employees who receive regular recognition and praise show an increase in productivity, loyalty, and positive interaction with colleagues and customers.

Build Trust

Management transparency is important for staff engagement. Trusting employees with information gives them a deeper investment in the organization and creates a more cooperative team atmosphere. Research shows that the more employees feel their managers trust what they do and how they were, the more engaged they become. This also helps develop strong employee-manager connections, which encourages productivity and loyalty.

These simple, yet essential, ways to increase employee engagement should be among your top priorities as a leader. You must take the time to focus on building relationships with your staff to invest in their professional development, show appreciation, and build trust to create the foundation of longer-lasting staff engagement.