What Employees WantHiring new employees is never fun.  It takes a lot of work and effort to find the right person for the position. 

Often when an employer is looking for a new employee, they base their choice on personality, appearance, possibly experience, and, hopefully, their gut feeling about the person.  They are thinking about what they need for their business and want in an employee.

As employers, we need to think about what people are looking for in an employer.  Employers often forget this side of the coin.  Employers can and do take the attitude of "they are lucky if they get the job" and do not think much about what they will be offering the employee in return.

For employees to make a commitment to an employer, long-term, they must have these five important factors evident in their place of employment.

1. Leadership - People what someone who they can follow and feel good about following.  Someone who has a vision for their business, shares it regularly, and knows how to lead their people to fulfill it.

2. To Belong - People want to belong and be a part of a great team, yes, a “great” team one that has purpose, passion, and comradery.  They want a work culture that appreciates them and lets them know that they are valued by the company.

3. To Learn - People need to always be learning.  It keeps their mind active and growing.  If they are learning new things, they feel good about themselves and their workplace.  Continuing education is the key to high performing teams.

4. To Have an Impact - People want to make a difference in their workplace.  They need to know the impact they are making at work is making a difference in a positive way to the business and the people it serves.  They need to be told on a regular basis and showing value must become part of the practice culture.

5. To Have a "Trustworthy Employer" - They want to be proud of who they work for.  To be confident their place of employment offers excellent service, care, and products and that the business owner(s) have high standards, ethics, and integrity.

When it comes down to it, in order to cultivate and grow great employees you first have to become a great employer, not the other way around.

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