In response to my last post, What Employees Want From Their Leaders, my friend Judy Kolk from Kayben Farms shared with me some of the things that she has uncovered over the years about what people feel an employer “owes” their employees. She graciously agreed that I could re-post them here for all of you. It’s great insight.
“In interviews I always ask people what they think an employer “owes” their employees. The most common answer is “fairness”, so I go on to ask them what that means to them.
The responses I get sound like this:
- A good place to work – this includes fun
- Training – they don’t want to be set up for failure because of improper training
- Communication – they feel like they can do better when they know what the expectations are
- Respect – so many of them are concerned about not being respected, both personally and for their skills
- Recognition – when they have done something exemplary, they want to be acknowledged
- A chance to shine – they may have a particular skill never get’s “discovered”, but would have been happy to use in a previous job.”
See any similarities to our last list?
What I find interesting is that they say things like being set up for success, having the tools and training to do their job well and being recognized for their talents and accomplishments. They are essentially giving us a blueprint for success in terms of keeping our employees happy.
It also means that they WANT to succeed, they WANT to do a good job, and they WANT to be able to show they can contribute.
That’s the good news. Now we just have to follow the blueprint.
Thanks for reading!
Bonus Fun: Kayben Farms has a pretty cool employment page where they do a great job of setting the stage for the employee experience. Check it out!