About our blog post author: Stephanie Hamelmann is the Corporate Recruiter for FORUM Credit Union. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Purdue University. Prior to recruiting for FORUM, Stephanie worked for a local staffing company fulfilling the recruiting needs for various companies in the Indianapolis Area. She previously served on the Membership Committee for IndySHRM and is currently serving as a member for the SMA Committee.


Personally, I have never been one to believe that you can’t wear white after Labor Day.  After an internet search, I found that there are several theories about the rule.  I guess some in society were really concerned about fashion etiquette.  Whatever the origins of the idea, guidelines were placed and it was followed by many.

Anyway, I am not writing to talk about fashion trends but to discuss employee engagement.  Don’t know where I am going with this, do you?  Well, let me get to the point.

Economists have stated that we have begun the turn of this “recession.”  With that, the New Year is going to continue to bring new challenges, such as top performers leaving.  It is not that the job hunt has begun, it already started months ago, but the interviews are starting to happen and offers are being placed on the table.

According to research by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Adecco Group, more than half (54%) of employed Americans report that they are likely to look for new jobs.   The research also emphasized that most companies are unprepared for this turnover.  So how do we prepare?

Reducing employee turnover through engagement methods are common-sense, right?  However, I found over 10,500,000 results for ‘employee engagement’ in a Google search.  So what works and what does not?

When it comes to improving employee engagement, are we just following rules without reason just as we do when we stop wearing white after Labor Day?  Let’s put the endless suggestions aside and get back to basics.

On January 13th, join our speaker, China Gorman, and your SMA peers as we put aside the theories and focus on the practical.