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What do your employees want? Managers everywhere are asking themselves this today if simply because the labor shortage requires it. Fortunately, there is plenty of research available today that can help you answer this question. There are also plenty of companies that can help you poll your workforce to confirm these answers. This blog has some successful tips for business managers asking the crucial question: What do my employees want from their jobs?

What Matters to Your Employees?

The work conditions that your employees labor under are extremely important. It affects their attitudes and productivity on the job and even helps you with retention. Not to mention that meeting employees’ needs means that you will also potentially attract new employees who want to experience the positive work environment you’ve built. While you may guess some of the basic employee needs, wants, and priorities, it’s a good idea to spell them out. They generally include:

  • A fun work environment
  • A mission or the opportunity to work on meaningful work
  • Empowerment and autonomy to do their job
  • Fair pay for a day’s work
  • Feeling a sense of belonging
  • Mutual respect between employees and managers
  • Opportunities to learn new skills
  • Recognition of their contributions to the company
    Regular praise and feedback
    Strong leaders who set a positive direction for the company
  • Work/life balance

If your workplace offers these to employees the chances are high you don’t have a lot of turnovers. Negative work environments breed bad employee relationships and foster a sense of disengagement. These feelings naturally seem to make their way onto employee review sites such as Glassdoor, probably because bad news travels faster than good news these days. How can you create a better workplace and give employees what they want so that you can benefit with better employee retention and positive company reviews?

How to Attract More Candidates and Keep Your Current Employees

The answer to your workplace woes is to change the work environment to give employees what they need. This includes:

  • Creating an environment of mutual respect. Train your managers to listen to their employees. Set up systems for rewards and praise. Positive reinforcement coupled with constructive feedback will help motivate your workforce and give them the support they need to excel.
  • Give your employees the tools they need to stay in the know. Everyone wants to feel engaged and part of something greater than themselves. Make your employees part of a team working toward a goal and practice telling them the “why” behind your decision-making process. Share organizational challenges and engage your teams in solving them, whenever its appropriate. This will help your current teams feel like they’re part of something greater than themselves.
  • Define the vision. Set goals. But also, delegate responsibility in a way that allows employees to understand what their tasks are. Give your teams clear job descriptions and orient them to the goals they’re working for. Then add in the recognition and compensation they need to stay motivated on the job.

Great teams start with great employees and that’s where IES Staffing can help your business. Contact us today to find out how we can help you meet your hiring goals.

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