Companies today know that being considered a “best place to work” is more than just a way to get into the local business journal. In fact, it is one of the primary ways to attract and keep top talent. What we have learned from working with many of these top companies can help you improve, too.
1. Be Transparent: Today’s workforce does not see the hierarchy the same way previous generations did. They expect to be treated as a peer of management and given information on company plans and financials. Simply providing basic information on a consistent basis will go a long way to making them feel part of the team.
2. Be Flexible: People have lives that don’t always fit around work hours. Giving people flexibility in hours or working from home on occasion can be more important to them than time off. Give where you can and you will find it pays back in longer tenure.
3. Be Understanding: Everyone is motivated by different factors and adjusting to them can make you seem less like a boss and more like a partner. For example, extroverts need time to talk to management and introverts want advance notice about meeting agendas. Some people want deep details while others just want the basics and the ability to use their creativity. Match their style and you will get a reputation as a great boss. Assessment can give you that insight.
Here is an article on a school system that used this approach and had great success. Download
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