1 Effective Leadership & Management
The first reason may not surprise you: effective leadership and management. Specifically, employees are looking for someone who
- communicates effectively
- supports everybody
- values work-life balance
- values mental health.
If you’re not sure about the effectiveness of the leadership in your business, then one way to find out is through a staff survey. Ask a 360 type of question when you do performance reviews – have employees comment on their managers and what they could do to improve the workplace.
2 Company, Culture & Values
Consistently, people are looking for a positive, inclusive company culture, they want to understand what the vision of the organisation is, the values of the organisation, and also that the organisation supports diversity, including neurodiversity.
‘Consistently, people are looking for a positive, inclusive company culture’
If you haven’t thought recently about your company culture and what you are trying to achieve, take a look at my last post, The Value of Values, where I talk about just that.
3 Learning & Growth Opportunities
Your employees are looking for challenging tasks and ongoing learning opportunities and professional development, but they’re also looking for effective supervision and mentorship.
Even if you don’t have formal learning in place in your organisation at the moment, think about what you’re doing to continually grow your employees internally.
4 Team Collaboration & Support
This means working with colleagues who support each other. Employees are looking for a collaborative environment and a supportive workplace culture. It goes back to Tip 2: your company culture and values. How are you supporting a collaborative culture in your business? How are you making sure that happens?
5 Work-Life Balance & Flexibility
Sometimes people think this means working from home. They think, I’ve got this covered, everyone can work from home in our business. But it’s more than that – it’s flexibility in your work arrangements as a whole. It’s not just working from home, but can I come in late today because I have an appointment? Can I go to my kid’s book parade next week?
You need to think about how you can provide flexibility as a whole, not just the days you work in the office versus the days that you work at home.
‘It’s not just working from home, but can I come in late today because I have an appointment?’