You don't need write-on walls

13 Mar 2015 7:31 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

We've all seen the kinds of things that tech companies do to engage and maintain staff - and to hopefully maintain high creativity levels.  Not all of us can  create high-tech offices with write on walls, supply sports facilities, free coffee or whatever it seems to take.


BUT .... we don't need to.


What seems to matter is that employees think they are valued, and their contribution is important.   They also like to think that their personal values chime with those of the organisation they work for.


These can be signalled in lots of small, inexpensive ways.  Firstly, of course, employees have to know what your values are - what shapes company policy and strategy.


And they are far too smart to take the platitudes you put on your website and in your press releases. Your values are shown in what you do - not what you say.


If your values include the recognition of contributions and the valuing of teamwork, you will already be finding ways to praise, to reward (not necessarily financially) and to recognise what your staff do.  You will create space in which they can be creative and innovative ..... and you will value (and be seen to value) the ideas they put forward.


If you are not doing these things, then the write-on walls and the free coffee are not going to help!


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