The rules have changed and the most successful companies have figured it out.
It used to be all about what was best for the company, being completely company focused, employees having to prove they were all-In. Well in an era of change where there are more and more millennials in the workplace, we have to adopt an employee-centric culture. Employees are looking for their worth or value in the company they work for not just a paycheck anymore. Companies need to change their lens and focus on how to make sure their employees are happy and engaged.
If your business is to grow and prosper, as a leader you need to focus on people development
Some CEO’s are afraid this will be the death of their company by shifting the focus to their employees, when actually, statistics show that becoming more employee centric will help their company in many areas. Turnover goes down, satisfaction with their job goes up and your employees’ interactions with your clients become better. So adopting an employee centric culture in your company may actually be the key to making your company more successful and more profitable.
Now that you know adopting an employee centric culture may be the best business decision you make this year. How do you do it?
You need to talk with your employees and listen to their positives and negatives about the work place. Create a list of the common themes you hear and then get to work. One of the most important issues to employees is feeling like they’ve been heard and that their opinions matter to you. If you are able to respond to a number of issues quickly, it will definitely show them you value them and their opinions. Don’t over promise on what you are going to change or do. Your goal is for your employees to feel heard and become more engaged. The more your employees feel valued, the more productive they will become for your company. In the end this a win-win for the employees and the company.
Some ideas my clients have implemented are employee comment/suggestion boxes, employee feedback surveys, one on one meetings with employees to check in ask for their opinions and suggestions. Each one of these ideas are great as long as there is follow through on making the changes that are being brought to management. One example of being employee centric is realizing that employees don’t necessarily need to be in the office to do their jobs. Remote work is becoming increasingly popular and shows employees that you respect and value their time. An employee who feels their employer is flexible with their schedule is more likely to be invested in their job and work even harder for their employer.
As you begin your journey to adopting an employee centric culture, remember the goal is for every employee to think “Hell Yeah, I love my job and the company I work for!” If your employees feel like that, I promise you your company is on its way to success. #EmployeeCentric #HellYeah #Culture
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