From time to time someone releases a report on the “best companies to work for” and we read (in amazement) about perks such as games rooms, eyebrow shaping or even nap spaces.
When you drill down, past the crazy perks to what really makes it a great place to work there are some consistent themes and not an eyebrow waxing pot in sight.
Who is leading the cheersquad?
If you are not energised about your purpose and what success really means then you can’t expect your people to go out and sell you and the business.
People want to be excited and motivated by the purpose of the business they work for.
Get real about what you do better than anyone one else to meet customer needs and unite everyone around your cause. Be proud of the fact that you are passionate about your niche.
Not sure how to do this, read more here.
Are you after a long term commitment?
Potential high calibre employees need to be romanced to work and stay with you.
I hear many stories from employers that bring in high calibre people hoping they will save their business.
Unless the employer has a plan to keep that person engaged and supported, those high calibre employees soon become the source of disappointment.
Tony Robbins says this best “Do what you did in the beginning of the relationship and there will be no end”. Live up to your promises.
Do you know what matters to your staff?
The future of employment can be seen at www.glassdoor.com . If you are not familiar with it you should be.
Glassdoor is a website where employees and potential employees share reviews on their businesses and their management.
As the name glassdoor suggests, the site is about making the internal workings of businesses transparent. Wages, conditions and management practices are now public and being scrutinised in a very new and powerful way.
To ensure you get a great review on Glassdoor or whatever social sharing site is out there consider working on the issues that matter most to staff.
A large proportion of Glassdoor comments tell us that staff love working with great co-workers and desire proper leadership and management. These factors consistently rate as are more important than the occasional perks.
Too busy for people?
The one thing every employee wants and few leaders provide is more time together.
For a quick and dramatic improvement in your leadership stakes spend more quality time with your people – not to tell them what to do but to listen to what’s happening and share your knowledge from a mentoring perspective.
Spending time with staff and customers builds relationships. In turn those relationships build loyalty and improve the reputation of your business.
Too busy to play?
The pinball machines, groovy furniture and breakout rooms provided by the tech giants to improve staff engagement are based on solid science.
These spaces have a positive impact on creativity, collaboration and productivity.
Can’t do a refurbishment? Introduce some play through humour, getting together as a group to play-storm ideas and opportunities, have pizza lunches or drinks on the bosses deck after a successful trading period.
“Playing at work fosters teamwork, allows employees to release tension, thus better concentrate on their work, and it also allows them to develop their creativity, adaptive and problem-solving skills. At the same time, it provides the body and mind with more energy, and ultimately allows us to be happier” Diemar Gutierrez.