What is your top priority at work? For your coworker, it may be a flexible work schedule that allows them the ability to leave work when their child is sent home sick. For a colleague, it may be an environment in which they feel respected, are challenged, and are able to grow. For others, important factors pertaining to their work may be a safe and welcoming work environment in which they are not bullied or controlled and are free to exercise their independence.
Everyone values something different. We are unique individuals and therefore, what we desire most in our work settings varies from person to person. Many people value multiple things, and it is almost impossible to cater to every single need, but it is important to be aware of what your employees value and make an effort to accommodate those needs.
Expressing interest in what your employees value makes them feel important. When employees feel that their values are a concern of yours, when they feel that you actually listen to what is important to them and to what they desire in their work environment, morale is improved which in turn can improve behaviors in the workplace.
Simple ways of expressing your interest and methods to make your employees feel important include:
- Literally and figuratively keeping your office door open. Let your employees know that you are always willing and able to listen to them and that you truly care about what is important to them.
- Schedule one-on-one meetings with your employees to discuss their values and to work towards meeting those needs.
- Involve your employees in planning and decision making. Once you have discovered what is important to them, work with them and make them a part of the process in ensuring that those values are met.
Valued employees tend to put more of an effort into their performance and are more invested in achieving higher standards. As a manager, it is your responsibility to try to increase your employee’s feelings of self-worth in the workplace. Increases in morale and positive behaviors are a direct result of making your employees feel important. Make it a daily goal to motivate and value your employees and see what outcomes you will experience in your own workplace.