Recognize This! – The ability to focus on others and not just yourself is critical to success in today’s workplace.
What do you want most in your employees? A good work ethic? Trustworthiness? A non-complainer?
Recently in TLNT,
Editor John Hollon dissected research from OI Partners on what employee
qualities managers most look for. These two in particular intrigued me,
in the first and third most important positions (customer satisfaction
is number 2):
- Being a team player (selected by 71 percent of
surveyed companies): “Being part of a team has taken on a higher
priority since many companies are still operating with leaner work
forces and there is a greater need to accomplish goals through others”
said [Steve] Ford, [chairman of OI Partners].
This is a very interesting observation. A primary outcome of the
recession is dramatically reduced work teams with many people taking on
the roles of at least one or two other people. Now, employers are often
reluctant to rehire, pleased with the false sense of increased
productivity that simply isn’t sustainable in the long term. As a
consequence, many employees band together under these increased
pressures just to simply survive. Functioning in this way over the
long-term, however, requires trust and the ability to share the
accolades with team members.
- Motivate and engage others in their jobs (chosen by
65 percent of companies): “In a challenging economy, employers
appreciate when their employees reach out and keep each other motivated
and involved in their work,” noted Ford.
There’s no better way for employees to keep each other motivated and engaged than through peer-to-peer social recognition.
When all employees are empowered to recognize and appreciate the
contributions and successes of any other, then they become more engaged
in their own work as well as the work of their colleagues.
What do you value most in employees?
14 Jun 2012 2:36 PM
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