Characteristics of Successful Employers

by: Carol Nibley

Do your employees love their jobs?
Do they look forward to Monday mornings?
Do they refer their friends for open positions?
Do they tell you this is the best company they’ve ever worked for?

If you think it’s impossible for employees to really love their jobs, think again. As the HR Director for a rapidly growing local organization, I receive positive feedback from nearly every employee on a regular basis. I can honestly tell candidates considering offers from us that our employees are happy. While our organization isn’t perfect, I believe we share certain characteristics with other successful employers. Here are a few:

  • Opportunities to celebrate and play together—annual company conference, regular team activities, monthly pizza lunches, celebrations when sales or other goals are met, family summer BBQ and Halloween parties, employee talent shows, and the Christmas white elephant gift exchange
  • Opportunities to provide community service together—food drive competitions, Sub-for-Santa giving, and annual service projects. (Last year we made quilts for Primary Children’s Medical Center and put together leprosy kits for a school in India.)
  • Opportunities to give input on our company’s strategic goals
  • Open-door policy allowing any employee to walk into the CEO’s office or call her cell phone at any time
  • Opportunities to use creative talents
  • A compensation package that attracts and rewards the best of the best
  • Highly motivated co-workers who shoulder their own workload so others don’t have to
  • Frequent meaningful reminders of the importance of our company’s mission
  • Company success that translates into shared rewards with employees (stock options, pay increases, bonuses)
  • Acknowledgment of work/life balance (paid sick leave granted to care for family members, additional week off at Christmas)
  • Regular one-on-one mentoring meetings with employees and immediate supervisors, professional development goals and accountability

Perhaps you would like to improve employee morale, reduce employee turnover, and/or increase your bottom line this coming year. Consider implementing one or more of the suggestions above, and think of adding something unique to your culture that will increase employee loyalty.

In a future article we discuss the benefits of becoming a great place to work!

Have  a happy new year!

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