Mar 15th 2001
Every employee wants to feel that he or she is a part of the bottom line in an organization. Below are just a few ideas to help you incorporate this attitude into your firm's culture.
- Interesting work. No one wants to do the same boring job over and over, day after day. And while any job will always require some repetitive tasks, everyone should have a high level of interest in at least part of the job.
- Information. Information is power, and employees want to be empowered with the information they need to know to do their jobs better and more effectively. And, more than ever, employees want to know how they are doing in their jobs and how the company is doing in its business. Open the channels of communication in an organization to allow employees to be informed, ask questions, and share information.
- Involvement. Managers today are faced with an incredible number of opportunities and problems and, as the speed of business continues to increase dramatically, the amount of time that they have to make decisions continues to decrease. Involving employees in decision-making, especially when the decisions affect them directly, is both respectful and practical. Those closest to the problem typically have the best insight as to what to do. As you involve others, you increase their commitment and ease in implementing new ideas or change.
- Independence. Few employees want their every action to be closely monitored. Most employees appreciate having the flexibility to do their jobs as they see fit. Giving people latitude increases the chance that they will perform as you desire — and bring additional initiative, ideas, and energy to their jobs.
- Increased Visibility. Everyone appreciates getting credit when it is due. Occasions to share the successes of employees with others are almost limitless. Giving employees new opportunities to perform, learn, and grow, as a form of recognition and thanks is highly motivating for most people.