We often read about how an employer can attract and retain motivated and happy staff. In fact, many organisations spend a fortune on conducting culture and engagement surveys with their employees every year to find the answers to this conundrum. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of employee opinion surveys, information from surveys underpins relevant HR strategies, but I don’t often read about what makes an ideal employee. What is an employer’s wishlist when it comes to creating the ideal workplace full of happy, productive and low maintenance employees?
- Low maintenance employees – employees who are self motivated and don’t rely on fruit baskets, massages and free drinks to come to work and do a good job.
- People that genuinely like and respect their boss and are prepared to give them a fair go.
- Employees that are actually ‘turned on’ by KPI’s, targets and goals.
- People with an ‘owner’ mentality who think and behave like they own the business.
- People who make decisions as if it was their money they were spending.
- People that don’t have the word ‘can’t’ in their vocabulary.
- Employees that hate gossip, bullying and general bad behavior.
- People that are good at communicating ‘up’ to their manager and give them the full story, all the information, and don’t hold back.
- Employees that speak up and don’t shut up and come forth with their ideas and suggestions.
- People who step up when times are tough.
- Employees that give as well as take.
Do you think employees really know what employers want?