Our findings show seven commonalities of organizations that are considered the best employers:
- An inspiring board
- An appealing direction
- Less rules & bureaucracy
- Less management
- Appreciation of specialists
- Social innovation
- Sharing information
Secret 1: An Inspiring Board
Many executives depart from their ivory tower only once every three months. They’ll venture down to the cafeteria - review the core values, results and quarterly balances of the organization to a sea of employees. That's not the way to inspire your employees. An inspiring management team can level with their people. They talk with them and constantly deliver what the organization wants and employees need – giving employees the freedom to make decisions within set frameworks.
Secret 2: An Appealing Direction
Many employees want something for society. They seek meaningfulness in their work and wonder if they are relevant. According to Guido Heezen (founder of Effectory), it’s important that organizations formulate their social mission. "It's so incredibly important to tell employees why you're doing what you're doing."
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Secret 3: Less rules & bureaucracy
According to Heezen, the best employers perform on trust instead of control. Employees can perform optimally if there are as few rules and protocols as possible.
Secret 4: Less management
Little management is a commonality of the best employers. "The best employers have as few management layers as possible,” says Heezen. "Due to the economic crisis, many management teams have disappeared from organizations. Our studies show that organizations are almost always functioning better than before, both financially and in terms of involvement and employee engagement. The manager's role has also changed: from hierarchical overlord to a serving leader who gives people experience and shares information."
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Secret 5: Appreciate specialists
The fifth secret of the best employers is that they highly appreciate their specialists. "We see with these companies that all employees are valued. In addition, they are very aware that their employees are the backbone of the organization," said Guido.
Secret 6: Social innovation
Your own employees know how to be more innovative and customer focused. By involving them more in organizational strategy, they’ll experience more value which impacts their engagement and commitment. The best employers make the most of the innovations and ideas of their employees.
Secret 7: Sharing information
The best employers share information. They benefit from having transparency in their policies and decision making, which ensures that employees have information they need to develop and grow – themselves and the organization. When employees can see that their work directly impacts the performance of their organization, they feel a sense of pride which impacts their work engagement.