The impact of the people-focused workplace
Engagement 4 minute read

The impact of the people-focused workplace

Rise | August 15, 2019

How do you build a better workforce? To start, you need to put your people first.

At the root of a purpose-driven workplace is a people-focused workforce. Employees are the centre of your culture and thus, are the core of your company. When you make the effort to value and prioritize the employee experience, your organization thrives.

What can HR leaders do to ensure their people are the main focus of the workplace?

When establishing a people-focused workplace, the work starts on your employee’s first day.

The way in which new hires are onboarded and welcomed into your team is the basis for their first impression of your company. Their orientation experience effectively sets their expectations for the rest of their employee journey. Ensuring that your new team members have everything they need for a smooth first day, from their orientation manual and checklist to their meeting schedules and team lunch invitation, will bring them a sense of comfort and security as they begin their new career adventure with your organization.

Job ownership & connection

Job connection is an important part of your people connecting to meaningful work. For your people to succeed in their job, they must feel a sense of identification.

Purpose-driven work is done by employees who are active participants in their work, whether their goal is excelling for the company, for their professional development, or for their own alignment and enjoyment of the company's mission. When your employee understands their role on the team and the impact of their contributions to the company’s overall mission, the interest, enthusiasm, and commitment to their work improves.

Purpose-focused & people-focused culture

In today’s purpose-driven workplace, the ultimate motivator for an employee is passion. People want to find fulfillment in their work beyond pay. For employers, it’s important to get to know their employees on a personal level in order to discover what they care about and how to tie that back into the company culture you are building.

A key to achieving this type of collaborative and transparent work environment is facilitating open communication and feedback amongst your teams. From performance reviews to weekly check-ins, ensure your people have a voice and that their insights and ideas are heard by management and leadership. Consider their opinions, take in their suggestions, and learn what they need to feel supported by their team. This will allow them to feel part of the team.

People-focused support

A crucial part of taking care of your people is allowing them to take care of themselves. One way of implementing this is by giving your people the tools they need to boost their productivity. With HR solutions and people management systems, you can empower your people by enabling them to participate in their own self-management, including viewing and updating their personal data, overseeing their time off and vacation time, and even self-enrolling for health benefits. This way, your people can put more of their time and energy into their work.

People-focused support provided by the company goes beyond the parameters of the employee’s role itself. An organization that invests in their people, from offering a professional development budget to online learning courses, shows investment in the employees and signals that the organization is thinking ahead to long-term plans for strengthening their people’s management and leadership potential.

Recognizing employee appreciation

According to a global survey conducted by Workhuman, when employees are recognized, culture metrics improve. 92% of employees reported feeling more appreciated, 86% reported feeling happier at work, and 85% reported feeling satisfied in their jobs.

Consistently showing your people that they are valued not just through your words, but through your actions, makes a difference to your people. In addition to verbal appreciation, there are numerous ways to recognize your people for their good work. Gestures of recognition can include taking an employee out for coffee or writing a thank you card to express your appreciation for a job well done.

When organizations care about their people, they build trust. An employee’s trust in their company has an impact on their overall job satisfaction, engagement, and retention. 

Your people deserve an extraordinary experience - one that allows them to be healthy, productive, motivated, and their best selves at work. In the people-focused workplace, it’s all about creating a foundation on which work can improve life and life can improve work. From there, the possibilities for what your team can achieve are endless.

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