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Three things all employees wish you’d tell them

5th October 2010
Managers and HR departments often concern themselves with what employees want to know and what they don’t care about. Working out what is worth communicating can take up a significant amount of time. Communicate pointless information and you’re wasting valuable resource, but miss out important information and your workers are likely to become unhappy and lose motivation as a result. Treading the fine line between communicating effectively and protecting profits can be difficult. However, it’s important to do it effectively as unhappy and resentful staff can quickly reduce your profitability.

To help you communicate the right kinds of information, here are three things your employees wish you’d tell them.

When they’ve done well
Everyone likes to be commended when they’ve achieved a positive result, but in today’s fast-paced business environment praising employees is often one of the first things to go out the window. Yet many workers feel that without recognition their efforts are worthless and they may lose productivity as a result. It’s important to have methods, whether formal or informal, to recognise employees that have worked particularly hard or achieved an impressive result. Keeping track of who’s doing what can be difficult, but it’s worth it in the long-run when you’ve got a more engaging and happy staff base as a result.

What you expect of them

Every company is different, and no managers expect the same from their employees. It’s important you communicate with your employees exactly what you expect of them when it comes to their job. This is not limited to output but encompasses all tenets of the job including lunch breaks, regular breaks from the computer screen during the day, absence and other areas where they may be unsure what to do. Setting your expectations out in a codified document and distributing it is a great way to keep everyone up to date at all times.

What they can expect from you
Likewise, different employees have different expectations of their employer. Some expect the bare minimum of salary and legal requirements but others want an employer that will provide pension pots, social activities, fresh fruit throughout the day and other perks. Employees that feel unfulfilled and that their employer doesn’t treat them well may soon get resentful, leading to a productivity loss. Gathering feedback from staff about their own needs and using this research to fuel policy is a superb way to keep everyone happy whilst also letting your employees know exactly what they’ll get from you.
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