Workplace Recognition and Incentive Programs

Walk in an Employee’s Shoes!

Posted on January 18, 2010 by Carl Bonura in Uncategorized

If no one knew you at your place of business and you walked the halls pretending to be a client, how would the employees you meet respond to the question, “Do you think your employer could win an “Employer of Choice” award for the whole of the country?” How would they respond to questions about your organization, management style, corporate culture, your compensation and reward structure and your systems in general?

There is no rocket science in becoming an employer of choice, while I agree that people are complex and it can be difficult to understand what it is that people look for when they are identifying an employer of choice. There are a number of questions that you must ask yourself in order to figure out whether your organization fits into the category of “employers of choice”. Do you know if your employees enjoy working for you? Please note that the fact that your workers turn up for work every day on time does not mean that they like or enjoy working for you.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself:

1. Are employees’ full potential being realized?

2. Are there long term employee developmental plans in place?

3. Does the employee feel wanted by the organization and do they plan to stay?

4. Do you have an open line of communications with employees?

5. Do managers build team spirit and encourage teamwork?

6. Are you considerate of work / home life balance?

7. Are employees praised for accomplishments and above and beyond activity?

8. Do you lead employees with integrity and are they treated with dignity?

9. Do employees know their contributions are valued?

10. Would an employee recommend your company to a friend as a good place to work?

Finally, be compassionate. When you are giving of yourself you stop seeing yourself and your company as the center of the universe. While focusing on profits and business growth, let’s not forget the people, your employees, who make the company move and grow and ultimately profitable.