How Well Do Your Leaders Value People’s Contributions at Work?
We asked over half a million employees each year what matters most to them. Two employee engagement questions consistently rose to the surface with greater than a .73 correlation coefficient to higher levels of discretionary effort, loyalty, and company advocacy:
When combined, these questions help tell how well leaders value people’s contributions at work. This is important because when people feel a sense of appreciation and purpose based upon their contributions and line-of-sight, they tend to be more satisfied with their professional lives.
Value People as the Most Important Resource
Let’s start with the question related to valuing people as the most important resource. Leaders who believe their people are their most important resource make sure that people feel valued each and every day and have a high level of trust in leadership. Both must be earned by consistently putting employees first through visible, tangible, and meaningful actions.
When you make decisions, do your employees truly come first?
The second question is about the human desire to be seen, appreciated, and recognized. Whatever the arena, it is disengaging when people are underappreciated for their contributions. In a work environment, leaders need to understand that the feeling of underappreciation can be more than emotionally hurtful; it can be harmful to your leadership influence and your team’s performance.
It is important that you find ways to make sure that you understand and appreciate what your teams do.
How To Value People’s Contributions at Work
Many people feel uncomfortable tooting their own horn because it can feel like bragging. Yet, people also want to feel appreciated for their contributions at work. As a leader, there are steps you can take to highlight and appreciate people’s contributions.
The Bottom Line
Every employee wants to feel that their contributions matter, and every leader wants their team to perform at their peak. Are you doing what it takes to value people’s contributions at work?
To learn more about engaging your team, download Top 10 Most Powerful Ways to Boost Employee Engagement
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