4 Wants and Needs of Employees

Are you a business owner or manager who sometimes wishes you had no employees? This is a common feeling when confronted with employees who seem like they cause more problems than they solve, consistently underperform, or just seem to be going through the motions without really becoming engaged in their roles.

Is It Really the Employee?

If you are experience any of the above issues, stop for a moment to consider why this is. Let’s say you have 10 employees and each of them appears to have one of these traits. Is there any possibility there is more than meets the eye? Could it be you are making a contribution to this situation?

Employees Are Not Robots

Yes, it would sometimes be easier if you could just tell an employee to do this or do that and then they would operate on autopilot. But, there is a real disadvantage to that because you may make them think they are not important. By not being on autopilot, they can exercise their ability to think and improve your company. They can recognize potential or existing problems and take steps to avoid or correct, they can offer suggestions to improve efficiency and effectiveness, and they can be your ears for hearing what customers think.

Ways to Improve Employees’ Contributions

In order to get the most out of you employees, it is essential that they believe they are an integral and important part of your company. Here are 4 wants and needs of employees that if provided will go a long way toward improving your relationship with them and their contribution to your company.

  1. Respect – Every individual wants it. It is part of being human. Let them know they matter and what they think is important.
  2. Communication – It is critical that you clearly communicate your company’s purpose, vision, values, and goals and accept feedback. (See Why You Need a Purpose of Mission Statement, Why You Need a Vision Statement, and Why You Need a Values Statement) for more on developing these. If employees don’t know what matters and why, they are operating in the dark.
  3.  Expectations – Employees need to have clearly defined guidelines as to what is expected. Along with that they also need a some freedom to improvise within those guidelines.
  4. Autonomy – This is essential if an employee is to think they are more than just a robot performing a mindless set of tasks.

What’s In It for You and Your Company?

If you will be deliberate and consistent in practicing respect and communication, clearly defining expectations, and granting appropriate levels of autonomy, I believe you will find that your employees will contribute more, have a better attitude, and be willing to go the extra mile to accomplish goals set before them.

Try this and you might be pleasantly surprised at the results. It might seem unnatural and be difficult at first, but with time it will become habit to show respect, communicate, express clear expectations, and grant autonomy.

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