More than anything else today, what people want from their employers & leaders is to be given a safe & respectful place in which to work. That’s the conclusion of new Pew research which shows 89% of American workers rank these needs highest.
Yes, employees also expect their leaders to be honest, ethical – and to reward them fairly with pay & benefits. But their ultimate happiness, engagement & sense of well-being all prove to be directly connected to how they are made to feel. And what most people want to feel in their jobs is secure, valued, appreciated — & supported as a human being.
In light of this research, workplace leaders are wise to ask one big question. “What are the specific things I need to do to ensure these employee needs & expectations get met?”
In her new book, “Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World,” author Erica Keswin provides many compelling answers. She draws on research that shows it often boils down to simple but thoughtful gestures that make the biggest impact. Making meetings more productive & inspiring. Giving people greater clarity around when their workday ends. Being nudged to take all of their vacation. Ensuring stated organizational values are lived in the halls, not just hung on the walls.
If you’re looking for state-of-the-art ideas on how to support your employees (human beings!) & and to keep them healthy, motivated & productive, listen in & plan to take notes!