4 Things Employees Want from Their Jobs and Leaders

What employees want


Managing the needs and wants of your employees is essential employee retention. A good leader finds the right balance of things employees want to make sure life around the office stays manageable and fun, while actual work gets done.

Here’s our list of the top 4 things employees want from their jobs and their leaders:

1. Respect

According to one survey, here are the three things employees want the most:

  • Honesty. 90% want an honest manager and working environment.
  • Fairness. 89% want a manager and work environment where everyone is held accountable for their actions.
  • Trust. More than 86% want to trust. Employees want to know that they can depend on their leaders, and vice versa.

Respect is a big deal. While the survey says that respect comes in at number 4, we really think that in one form or another, all three of the attributes outlined above need respect in order to happen. As an employer, you want your employees to feel like they matter. And if you respect them, that means that you’re being honest, fair and trustworthy.

2. Collaboration

We love to talk about company culture, because frankly, it’s pretty important. No one should ever feel like they aren’t contributing or that their opinion doesn’t matter, because in the end they are what makes up your company.

Employees want to contribute, they want to know they are being heard, and they want to know that their ideas are being taken seriously. Everything doesn’t have to be a group project–and really, it shouldn’t be–but making sure that everyone has the opportunity to contribute is a good way to make an already good work environment even better.

3. Growth

Just as much as employees want to feel like they are part of something, they also want to see themselves grow with the company. This can happen in a number of ways:

  • Knowledge. Employees want to learn and they want to know that the things they learn are valuable.
  • Skills. Along with knowledge, employees want to gain new skills that they can apply to their work.
  • Career development. Whether it is a leadership role or more responsibilities, employees love knowing that you can depend on them.

 4. A Great Leader

To sum up our list, what employees want more than anything else is a great leader.

Employees want a leader who can set a high standard for themselves and stick with it. They want to know that they are in good hands and that they can be taken care of, and that means that they need a leader who can be respected and give respect, communicate and collaborate, and allow them to grow.

Assessing your employees’ needs may not always be the easiest thing to do, but at least having a general idea of what they want is a good place to start.

From there, you can focus on what seems most important to your employees, and add to the list as you go. Every company is different, so if you take stock of what your employees think, you’ll generate authentic leadership that will greatly benefit you in the long run.

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