The Value of Being Valued in the Workplace

The Value of Being Valued in the Workplace

Louise O'Neill 24.04.2017

With the reported 12% increase in professionals seeking new opportunities in 2017 when compared to the same period last year, employers need to seriously consider what they can do on a daily basis to make their employees feel valued.

It’s an all too common complaint nowadays, we all have colleagues, friends or family who say that they do not feel valued or appreciated for the work they do - it can happen in the home, the workplace, or even in your group of lifelong friends – you work to make something better, and don’t even get acknowledgement of your efforts in return. According to the February employment monitor there was a reported 12% increase in professionals seeking new opportunities in 2017 when compared to the same period last year. This would suggest that employers need to seriously consider what they can do on a daily basis to make their employees feel valued. Doing so will subsequently lead to increasing their chances of maintaining good staff members and improving their company reputation on the market, thus cutting the cost of new hires and the retraining cost of new staff members. 

When I speak to candidates on the Cork and Munster IT Support market about job opportunities, especially the more senior candidates such as System Administrators, the top motivations I have heard for candidates wanting to move on from a current employers usually include lack of progression, being over worked and not feeling valued, lack of work/life balance, a lot not being given the opportunities to advance to more senior positions that they feel they have worked for.

As a result, the first questions asked by candidates about potential employers are opportunities for progression, working environment, salary, and the benefits package provided. For candidates, especially experienced System Administrators, who come from a poor working environments, the main motivation for them is to find a better environment – salary and benefits package is generally not the main motivator, but finding a company that will value them and their work is vital. 

If your company currently struggles to maintain staff, especially more experienced staff, it may be time to consider how you treat your employees and implement some simple changes – maybe add a monthly sit down with each team member, listen to them and ask about any issues they may be having in the workplace, give employees positive feedback and at least acknowledge the hard work being done, encourage employees to have a voice and actually implement changes requested to make the working environment better, add in a weekly meeting for whole office – sit down together for a catch up so everyone is aware of how everyone else is doing, don’t individualise each person’s work, make it a team effort. 

When you think about it, it’s an error that can be avoided by the simplest action – actually saying thank you. In a society as demanding as today’s, a lot may expect an annual bonus, a big company car or maybe just breakfast every Friday morning in work for free, but the material things won’t be as valued as actually being told “well done, you have done a great job, thank you for your efforts”. It’s simple, yet effective, give it a go and see for yourself.

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Consultant | IT
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