The wants and needs of employees vary depending on industry, job function, and personal preferences. Below are some of the things that employees want most out of their jobs today + Why Employees Are Really Quitting.
Allow a Good Work-life Balance
Employees want to have a reasonable workload that allows them to maintain a healthy work-life balance. This can include flexible work schedules, telecommuting options, or generous vacation time.
Flexible work arrangements
Clear boundaries between work and personal time
Opportunities for self-care
Create a Supportive Company Culture
Employees want to work in a positive, supportive company culture that values teamwork, collaboration, and open communication.
Collaborative work environment
A positive and respectful work environment
Openness to feedback
Give Recognition and Show Appreciation
Employees want to feel recognized and appreciated for their hard work and contributions to the company.
Incentives and rewards
Team recognition and bonding opportunities
Show you truly care about them
Help them Feel Secure
Employees want to feel secure in their jobs and have confidence in the stability of their employer.
Reassure employees there job is secure
Show stability of your company with numbers
Regularly check in for honest feedback
Create Opportunities for Growth and Development
Employees want to be challenged and given opportunities to learn and grow within their roles. This can include professional development programs, leadership training, or mentorship opportunities.
Professional development programs
Opportunities for mentorship
Explain the Value of their Work
Employees want to feel that their work has meaning and makes a difference. They want to feel that their work is aligned with their personal values and passions.
Review your mission statement
Step back and explain why they are important
Develop relationships with charitable organizations for employees to explore
Be a Supportive Manager
Employees want to work with managers who are supportive, communicative, and empowering. They want to feel that their managers are invested in their success and are helping them achieve their career goals.
Listen to their ideas (truly listen)
Never speak condescendingly
Provide Health and Wellness Benefits
Employees want access to health and wellness benefits such as health insurance, gym memberships, and mental health resources. Know who you are competing with for talent and the benefits they are offering.
Mental health days
Good health insurance
Provide volunteer opportunities to boost morale and make a positive impact beyond their work
Supply Technology and Resources
Employees want access to the latest technology and resources that enable them to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. This can include software tools, hardware, and other resources that help them stay organized and productive. Allow time for continuing education and skills training. Tons of online resources available.
Up-to-date hardware and software
Competitive Compensation is a Must
Although current trends indicate pay is not top of the list - employees of course want to be paid fairly for the work they do and they want to be compensated at a level that is competitive within their industry and market.
Pay well if possible
Have candid conversations about job descriptions
Annual bonuses and raises based on goals achieved
SIMPLE TIP: Build a great culture with a greater purpose!