Much has been written and debated about what employees want most from their jobs. Are they looking for more money or better benefits? How much do they value flexibility in the workplace? Or are they more interested in perks? Of course, most employees would tell you that they would like all of the above. But what they might not tell you is that they also want to feel valuable and appreciated. They want to feel like they belong.
Employees want and need attention. One way to give an employee attention is to mention something he or she has done well. The more often you do this, the better the result. Whether you recognize a person in front of others, or when you’re talking to them alone, the outcome is similar. They will feel good about working for you.
I believe that the vast majority of employees are looking for something to believe in. They want to work for a company that is trying to build something great. The role of a manager is to make sure each and every employee understands how they are contributing to the company. Don’t assume they know how their job fits into the big picture. Tell them over and over again how much you appreciate the work they do. You’ll find the more you let them know how much you value them, the more they will enjoy coming to work.
President, Business 360 Northwest