The secret of great companies: great employees

I think everyone wants to be a great employee. Most people don’t wake up and say “ hey, I want to go do a bad job today! That’s what my life is all about” No. People want to do a great job, but companies and organizations sometimes suck the lives out of people with dead time, a litany of rules, and only looking at the bottom line. Companies that focus on the latter generally have high turnover or severely unhappy employees and both lead to higher cost. The higher cost is a result of searching for a new hire and money lost from unproductive unmotivated employees. People are people, human nature is inbreed in the worst and best employees. Some have the willpower to push through this, however some just work at great companies.

Companies that allow nap times *cough* Google, or unlimited vacation time *cough* The Wedding Wire. These companies don’t incur high cost with employee turnover because they make their employees happy by giving them what they want. As an added bonus they attract the brightest, hardest working employees because the best would like to work for the best. That is why these companies are continually on the best companies to work for lists.

Companies may say “Well, I’m not Google or The Wedding Wire. I don’t have the resources to provide these kinds of perks.” I can speak for the millennial generation and say that most of the things that make us happy are non-monetary. Having every other Friday’s off or unlimited vacation time with no questions asked, flex time, Sabbaticals. Other low cost perks could be paying a percentage of monthly gym memberships, being a dog friendly office, or providing engaging work assignments. Basically, a great move would be to ask employees what they want and then get creative about providing it.

Great companies have great employees and that way to attract these employees is to make your focus on making the employees happy.

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