Do you REALLY value your people?

‘You can dream, create, draw and come up with the best ideas in the world, but you need people to help you turn your dreams into reality.’

As business owners, we rightly focus a heck of a lot of attention on our external customers and what we can do to give them a great experience. We can often forget that our people are our customers too, and without them, we can’t provide a great service, or grow a successful business.

We want our team to be full of ‘go-to’ people, leaders and high performers. We want them to support us in our vision, to be loyal to the business, to work hard for us; but what do they want in return?

If you had to choose one thing that has the most positive impact on your team what would it be? ‘Communication?’ ‘Involvement?’ ‘Trust?’

What would you be looking for if you were in their shoes?

Below is a list of the top 20 answers to the question, ‘What makes you feel valued at work?’

Take 5 minutes now to think about how your team would rate your ‘delivery’ in each of these areas, and rate yourself from 1-5 (1=unsatisfactory, 2=needs improvement, 3=satisfactory, 4=good, 5=excellent)

  1. Knowing where the business is going
  2. Knowing the ‘roots’ of the business – where it came from and why
  3. Being involved in the planning process
  4. Knowing what’s expected of me and how I’ll be judged
  5. Being told when I’m doing well, and what I need to improve
  6. Having simple consistent ways of doing things
  7. Having time invested in my development
  8. Having the opportunity to progress
  9. Being trusted to do my job and left to get on with it
  10. Being encouraged to have ideas
  11. Knowing how my role supports the business/ customers/ the rest of the team
  12. Working in a no-blame culture, where mistakes are seen as opportunities to learn
  13. Being appreciated and thanked for a good day’s work or a job well done
  14. Having calm, consistent leadership with no mood swings!
  15. Having regular ‘formal’ feedback sessions
  16. Being paid well
  17. Celebrating success with the team
  18. Being kept up to date with how the business is doing
  19. Being listened to and heard when there are blocks to me performing well
  20. Not being in a ‘long hours prove your worth’ culture

How did you do?

Are there a few there that might get rated ‘needs improvement’ or ‘unsatisfactory’?

How would you say that affects your reputation as an employer?

What impact do you think it has on what your employees say about you and your business when they’re out with friends?

If you’re unhappy with the results, there is no better time to act than now, because as Walt Disney said,

‘You can dream, create, draw and come up with the best ideas in the world, but you need people to help you turn your dreams into reality.’

Value your people, turn YOUR dreams into reality.

Do one thing: Share this list with your team members, see what they would add or delete and then ask them to put them in the order of what matters most to them. You then have your action plan…in priority order!

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Marianne is the author of three books, and is currently working on her fourth, whilst regularly writing her blog, we hope you enjoy it :-)


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