Just because you have great products doesn't mean people will want to work for you.
It is essential to remember the importance of your best internal supporters: your employees. They are the ones who know your company better than anyone else.
By encouraging them to share their own stories you are on your way to building a successful company full of employees who are your best brand ambassadors.
Employers with a strong employer brand decrease their cost per hire by 43% (Shriar, 2016).
But where does it start? How do you make sure you convey the right message through your employees to attract the talent you are looking for? More information, below.
1. Successful ambassadors come with a strong culture
A strong organizational culture keeps employees engaged, allowing for a stronger online presence.
Effective core values can increase engagement by creating a workplace culture based on principles that employees believe in. The benefits of engagement are even greater if you involve employees in defining your core values for example through consultations or surveys.
An effective way to start this is with a strong Employee Value Proposition (EVP). An important weapon to compete in today’s job market. EVP serves as a people transaction that refers to a set of characteristics relevant to the organization as an employer the talent market and the value that current employees feel they get from working in the organization.
Last but not least, this will require collaboration between the HR and marketing functions of the organization to work together to ensure that the offering is well communicated targeted and most important deliverable.
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2. Leaders have to set the example
When talking about their experience and sharing company information, focus on open communication and bold transparency to showcase your employees’ authenticity and genuine motivation.
Once you know how to communicate, start from the top. The top executive has to lead the way for your employees to naturally be inclined to match the behaviour.
3. Provide training on online best practices
According to Meister’s 2016 report, employees have ten times more social connections than a brand does. Help your employees share content or online reviews on Google by providing you with the necessary tools, and guidelines to improve their social media presence, and create appropriate and compelling content.
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4. Make It Easy for Employees to Be Advocates
All companies have incredible stories to share that reflect the company’s internal culture and work environment. Whether it is a company project, employee testimonial or a crowdfunding initiative, leverage them to make sure those content can be easily shareable by your employees to promote your company online.
Content shared by employees receives 8x more online engagement than content shared on corporate accounts (Dunay 2014).
Facilitating your employees’ lives will increase the chances of promoting your brand. Some employees have a lot of attention on social media and have a lot to share about their careers but not every employee can easily create and share content online on their initiative. Organise customized content that employees can share on many other social media platforms.
5. Ask them for feedback
It’s essential to ask your employees for feedback and ideas. Employees can experience different aspects of the organisation and communicate these experiences more effectively. Asking for their own perspective is another best practice for empowering your employees to become strong brand ambassadors. Socially engaged employees provide employee feedback to organizations to help bridge any gaps in EVP. Moreover, it helps your employee feel valued in the process.
Normalizing the collaboration between leadership and employees in your work environment will facilitate a constant flow of innovative ideas and new insights for your business strategy.
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