Ever wondered why some organisations consistently earn the employer of choice title? What is their secret?
Putting heart in all they do
Very often, companies focus on managing the systems and infrastructure which support the growth of the organisation. While all of these are essential to growing the business successfully, what really gives you a strong competitive edge are your values and how well you care for employees. There is no greater motivation than for your employees to work in an environment where they are treated with dignity and respect.
Values define the ‘heartware’
Good organisations create a culture that strongly reflects their values. They recognise the importance of treating their employees with respect and taking their feelings into consideration when making decisions.
Beyond treating their employees fairly through proper compensation for their contributions, they have practices that establish that personal connection with their employees. For example, implementing programmes that are tailored to the long-term development of your employees highlights your willingness to invest in their future.
Aside from that, cultivating an environment that provides employees the autonomy to solve problems, contribute ideas, and provide recommendations will also allow employees to feel appreciated and trusted. Most importantly, good employers understand how small actions can make a big difference in the lives of employees. These actions could be simple things like being flexible and responsive to their personal situations or publicly recognising their good work.
After all, employees are at the heart of your business.