Sure, every employee has needs. The extent to which these needs are met will help determine just how happy an employee is, which can directly impact his or her work quality and dedication to the company.
The basic needs are—as you would expect—pretty straightforward. Employees look to have a fair, living wage, and perhaps additional help with insurance and coverage. Beyond the basics, meeting individuals’ more personal, higher-level needs are what can really make a difference when it comes to your company’s overarching morale and the all-important bottom line.
Consider whether you are offering your employees the following opportunities for professional fulfillment:
Seemingly little perks can make a huge difference when it comes to one’s level of job satisfaction and an employee’s ability to reach their full potential. Time off, vacation days, and flexible schedules are particularly important if an employee has their own family to care for, or if they just need some personal time. After all, you can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself. Tuition coverage is also a fantastic way to invest in the future of your employees and help them grow within your organization.
Contribution and Responsibility
More than perhaps any other attribute of one’s daily professional life, employees like to feel as though they are making a meaningful contribution to a team. Those who feel heard and that their ideas are valuable are more likely to feel a greater sense of responsibility and dedication to the company. Look for ways to make sure that your employees feel challenged, and that they are given a chance to test their skills and learn something new. You’ll not only get a more motivated team as a result, but one that is more efficient and collaborative.
Offering company benefits and ensuring that employees have the ability to contribute and advance are certainly steps in the right direction when it comes to making sure their needs are met. Ultimately, you should also look for ways that your employees can achieve a greater sense of personal fulfillment, as well. This includes feeling a sense of pride in their work and the belief that their job has meaningful real-world purpose. This is extremely important in the senior living field, as caregivers can quickly experience burnout, including loneliness and emotional fatigue. However, this is also an industry that directly benefits individual’s lives and families. Look for ways to remind your employees of the great reach that they have each and every day.
The Path to a Fulfilling Career
Your employees won’t experience personal fulfillment over night, but taking steps in this direction will undoubtedly benefit their careers, the individuals that they care for, and your company as a whole in the long run. Talk to your employees to see which benefits are most important to them, and look to implement changes over time—it may be well worth your effort!