8 Things Your Employees Need Most | Inc.com
To truly care about your business, your employees need these eight things—and they need them from you:
1. Freedom. Best practices can create excellence, but every task doesn’t deserve a best practice or a micro-managed approach.
2. Targets. Goals are fun. Everyone—yes, even you—is at least a little competitive, if only with themselves. Targets create a sense of purpose and add a little meaning to even the most repetitive tasks.
3. Mission. We all like 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.
4. Expectations. While every job should include some degree of latitude, every job needs basic expectations regarding the way specific situations should be handled. Criticize an employee for expediting shipping today, even though last week that was the standard procedure if on-time delivery was in jeopardy, and you lose that employee.
5. Input. Everyone wants to offer suggestions and ideas. Deny employees the opportunity to make suggestions, or shoot their ideas down without consideration, and you create robots.
6. Connection. Employees don’t want to work for a paycheck; they want to work with and for people.
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.
8. Future. Every job should have the potential to lead to something more, either within or outside your company.
Employees will care about your business when you care about them first.
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