1 – 8 Things Your Employees Need Most – Inc
1. Freedom. Best practices can create excellence, but every task doesn’t deserve a best practice or a micro-managed approach. (Yes, even you, fast food industry.)
Autonomy and latitude breed engagement and satisfaction. Latitude also breeds innovation. Even manufacturing and heavily process-oriented positions have room for different approaches.
Whenever possible, give your employees the freedom to work they way they work best.
2 – Collaboration: what employees want most – Mindjet
The fact is that online communities greatly help organizations that have problems gathering everyone in one place. They help bridge one of the greatest barriers to effective collaboration: geographic divide credit. With online communities you can easily offer up a suggestion from anywhere in the world, knowing that you and your team that came up with it will be the ones associated with that idea. Additionally, online communities help build team rapport. We all can agree that meeting face to face is unquestionably the best form of communication. However in their absence, communities can “easily provide forums for like-minded individuals to find and share information with each other and when the opportunity arises to meet in person the relationship has already been developed.” This helps teams move past the first two stages of Tuckman’s stages of group development (Forming and Storming) allowing for more productive face to face meetings should they occur. An open, collaborative environment helps motivate employees to get more involved and have a greater level of engagement.