The employer of choice…

Robin Noah

In a recent article Jody Ordioni wrote about an “employer of choice” citing that when you are an employer of choice it means that applicants are eager to work for you, that people envy your employees, that you receive unsolicited resumes, and that your most talented workers stay with the company throughout their careers. It’s the Holy Grail for every employer. Not a bad place to be.

You start by understanding what fully engaged means in the work place and then you take the steps necessary to make your work culture a place where being engaged is an easy thing to do. Let’s examine some of the contributing factors

If you asked your employees if they feel that they are fully engaged at work, what would their answer be? Would they say that they are fully engaged, committed and invested in their jobs?

Sadly, only 20 per cent of employees around the world report that they’re fully engaged at work. Many people state that “not being fully engaged” in their jobs was deciding factor in leaving their job.

Several studies have found that the most engaged employees, the ones that say that they’re fully invested in their jobs and committed to their employers are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction and outperform those who are less engaged.

In The Seven Habits of Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote: “…Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is…to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated.

Great employers have highly engaged and functioning employees because they pay attention to the core needs — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual — so employees are inspired to bring the best of themselves to work every day.

Being a great place to work is more than high pay and great benefits. It is the culture – the work environment and the attitude of the employees and management in that organization..

An organization can become an employer of choice when they create high trust relationships with employees throughout the organization. This happens as a result of the inward focus on the quality of the work experience . The key is in making people feel valued and trusted, allowing employees to use their gifts in the service of the organization.

Author:  Robin Noah, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org