What Does Your Manager REALLY Want?

At the beginning of the year, we discussed what employees want from their employers/organizations, including perks such as flexible schedules and the opportunity to telecommute, autonomy in work and recognition, and opportunities for growth. These non-monetary benefits can be a game changer in keeping your employees motivated and engaged and can promote a sense of loyalty that encourages long-term relationships.

On the flip side, what do employers want from their employees? Relationships in any capacity (be that professional or personal) have to be two-sided to thrive and the majority of employers want a mirrored, mutually beneficial relationship. If they are willing to provide their employees with the perks and accommodations they need to succeed, they desire something similar in return:

Dependability and Self-Motivation – If the position allows and if it is possible to allow flexible schedules and options for working remotely, having employees who are dependable and self-motivated is of the utmost importance. Many individuals struggle with the distractions that can come from working from home. Having dependable employees who are able to motivate themselves and are able to focus and manage time accordingly is crucial as these employees won’t have a manager physically checking their work and communicating face-to-face on a daily basis.

Team Players Who Step Up – Being able to balance individual and team success is something we all work on. We all want to grow and prosper in our own careers and positions; however, understanding that our individual successes are also achievements of the team and contribute to the bigger picture is important. Additionally, knowing when to step up and pitch in, and doing so without complaint, is imperative in promoting positivity and camaraderie.

Positivity and Promotion – Ahh positivity. The best of us go through periods of pessimism and negativity, but the best employees can snap out of that toxic mindset when faced with difficult situations. Not only are employees who maintain a positive attitude more pleasant to work with and promote high morale, but those are the individuals that you want representing your company and promoting your brand. These employees understand what is at stake and are invested in exhibiting a positive image.

These three factors are vital in establishing solid working relationships with employees. Communicating what these expectations are is crucial when laying the groundwork for long-term alliances. Though these traits are incredibly important to employers, there are so many other qualities that employers seek and value in their star employees. Follow along in our next post as we outline the top 10 things that employers look for most when recruiting and retaining individuals.

4 Traits of a Great Leader

There are many traits that all good leaders should have in their arsenal of skills to effectively manage their employees and work well with individuals at all levels. Though not all inclusive, here are four of the top traits that every great leader should strive to excel in:

Impeccable Communication – Good leaders are good communicators. Great leaders are impeccable at communication. This means not only possessing a willingness to regularly talk to your employees about their needs and concerns, but more specifically the careful selection of what words you use, and how you articulate that message (tone of voice, body language, etc.).

Approachable – Being personable is one of those leadership traits that is vital to maintaining strong relationships with your employees. Strong leaders take a genuine interest in their employees, actively listen, and are empathetic and compassionate.

Trustworthy – Earning respect is a vital component in successfully leading your team. Actions that promote honesty and integrity such as being willing to dig in and work side by side with your employees when work needs to get done can help ensure that those levels of respect are built.

Personal Presentation – Presentation in the workplace is more than just your physical appearance and professional image. How you present yourself as a person, your positive personality, and your interactions with individuals at all levels can help elevate your interpersonal skills.

Read along this month as we further expand on each of these positive traits that each great leader should possess to be successful and well respected. Learn about how each of these traits positively impacts career development and professional relationships, and how to improve in each of these areas.