8 Things Employees Need Most

November 8, 2013 by  

1. Empowerment. Best practices can create excellence, but every task doesn’t deserve a micro-managed approach. Autonomy and latitude breed engagement and satisfaction. Freedom also breeds innovation. Every industry has room for different approaches. Whenever possible, give your employees the power to work the way they work best.
2. Targets. Goals are fun. Everyone is a little competitive. Targets create a sense of purpose and add meaning to even the most repetitive tasks. Without a goal to shoot for, work is just work.
3. Mission. Everyone likes to feel a part of something bigger. Striving to be worthy of words like “best” or “largest” or “fastest” or “highest quality” provides a sense of purpose. Let employees know what you want to achieve for your business, for customers, and your community. Encourage them create a few missions of their own.
4. Expectations. Every job should include some degree of latitude; however every job needs basic expectations regarding the way specific situations should be handled. Few things are more stressful than not knowing what your boss expects from one minute to the next. If standards change, make sure you communicate those changes before putting them into effect. Always offer an explanation as to why this particular decision was made.
5. Input. Everyone wants to offer suggestions and ideas. Collaborative decisions create more buy in. Make it easy for employees to offer suggestions. You can’t implement every idea, but you can always make employees feel valued for their contributions.
6. Connection. Employees don’t want to work for a paycheck; they want to work with and for people. A kind word, a short discussion about family, a brief check-in to see if they need anything… those individual moments are much more important than meetings or formal evaluations. It shows appreciation and respect, key aspects to creating purpose for individuals.
7. Consistency. Most people can deal with a boss who is demanding and quick to criticize… as long as he or she treats every employee the same. The key to maintaining consistency is to communicate clearly and honestly. The more employees understand why a decision was made the less likely they are to assume favoritism or unfair treatment.
8. Future. Every job should have the potential to lead to something more, either within or outside the company. Take the time to develop employees for jobs they someday hope to fill even if those positions are outside the company. This support and encouragement fosters positive feelings toward the organization offering the opportunity for personal growth and expansion of one’s skill set.

Employees will care about your business when you show that you care about them. Provide empowerment and mastery opportunities and they will develop purpose to the benefit or your company.

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