How to make a workplace more human: The power of social recognition.
by Gabriele Kaier, 07.11.2016
Workplaces are often not structured to honor, support or encourage the humanity we bring to the office. Forward-thinking organisations need to start treating employees as people, not as “human capital”. How can companies inspire their people to achieve their fullest potential? Find out here...Workplaces are often not structured to honor, support or encourage the humanity we bring to the office. Forward-thinking organisations need to start treating employees as people, not as “human capital”. Organisations have to build human-centric workplaces where employees can achieve their fullest potential, where people feel appreciated, connected and empowered for who they are and what they do. How can companies inspire their people to achieve their fullest potential? Find out here…
How can companies build cultures and systems that fit for humans?We need a work environment that brings us into closer community with others, which fulfills our need for greater meaning and purpose from our contributions and which increases our sense of gratitude and appreciation. Employee experience is a positive and powerful – ultimately human – experience, in which employees are able to bring more of their whole selves to the workplace.
The ideal employee experience in today´s workplace3 main elements make work more human: 1. Authenticity When we are being our true self, we are also more open but as well more vulnerable. When we are authentic, we bring our whole human selves to work. 2. Mindfulness The time we take to reflect between meetings, projects and priorities. Mindful meditation breaks increase focus and productivity. 3. Recognizing The focus of celebrations is often on project and outcome, not on the people who actually delivered the results and the uniqueness of each one of us that creates the successful whole.
Key outcomes of a positive employee experience
Competitive advantage: Attracting and retaining talentResearch showed, that employees tend to perform better and are less likely to quit their jobs. In order for organizations to retain their talent, stronger employee experience can contribute to higher motivation levels to work “above and beyond” typical job duties. The biggest driver of job-hopping is a lack of recognition or sense of appreciation within the office. The way company culture is cultivated within specific organizations has an impact on the job search process as workers strive to align with a workplace and brand that fits their basic human needs, while also being reflective of their personalities and aspirations.
How can organisations drive a more positive and human employee experience?
Modern workforce craves humanity:
- Employees are looking for meaning and value in what they do and what they accomplish.
- They want to understand how their efforts help their company succeed.
- They desire recognition for their contributions to the organization.
- They seek validation and appreciation of their work.