What do people really want?

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What do people really want? How do people want to be treated? How do you treat people? How do you treat yourself?

Simple but difficult questions for lots of people to answer. Why?

Because we are human beings with all kinds of assumptions. We think we know want people really want. We think everyone wants the same thing. We think we can meet the needs of everyone with a one-size-fits-all approach.

The reality is, “we don’t really know what people want.” If you want to know what people really want and need, don’t assume, ask them. Just ask them. And they will tell you exactly what they want.

As human beings. we crave for one thing. We want to be respected. This is a huge thing for lots of people to do, including business executives. People want to be respected, they want to be heard, and they want to be appreciated.

Theodore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” If you are a business owner, respect your people, listen to your people, appreciate your people, let them know that their efforts are appreciated. You don’t need a consultant to tell you how to respect your people. No, you don’t.

Respect is a two-way business. If you respect people, they will respect you back. If you don’t respect them, they will disown you before you even know it.

People want respect more than you think. Give it to them.

If You Want To Enjoy Your Work, Do These 4 Important Things At Work Everyday.

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It is your responsibility to enjoy your work. Whether you enjoy what you do or not, it is your responsibility to embrace your work, to view your work in a positive way. If you don’t like your work, there is no amount of money your company will pay you that will satisfy you.

In order to enjoy your work, your employer has a significant role to play. Your employer has to create to create a cooperative, fun, caring, collaborative, innovative environment where people can grow. Without these conditions, it will be difficult for you to enjoy your work.

Apart from what your employer can do to help you enjoy your work, you can also help yourself by doing these things.

Focus on your work. If you want to enjoy your work, you have to focus on what you are doing. Ask great questions that will reveal the hidden secrets to your success. Ask questions that will help you better understand your work. If you think you are not doing well, take a break. Taking a break will help you to re-focus on your work.

Focus on your growth. You have to grow to enjoy your work. If you are not growing, if you are not adding values to your life, you are just wasting your time. You are just putting in time. To grow at work, you have to strategically choose assignments that will stretch you, not same old same old.

Help others at work. Whether you work alone or not, help your colleagues. If you help your colleagues, they will help you when you run into trouble. They will share vital information with you.

Control yourself. You work with different personalities at work. If you want to enjoy working with them, you must first understand their working styles. Find productive ways to connect with people. If you can’t connect with the people you work with, you cannot work with them. If you are not close to the people you work with, the more difficult it is for you to relate to them.

Finally, to enjoy your work, you must focus on what you are doing, help others at work, control yourself, and focus on your personal and professional growth.

3 Critical Ways To Engage Your Employees

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An “engaged employee” is defined as one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organization’s reputation and interests. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employee_engagement

As a manager, one of your responsibilities is to make your employees happy and to engage them in what they are doing. Here are some strategies that will help you do just that:

The company’s core values. What about the company’s core values? Do your employees know your company’s core values? If they don’t know the company’s core values, there will be problems. You cannot separate the company’s core values from that of your employees. It won’t work. The company’s core values and the employees’ core values should be same. It is who they are. If you want to build an engaged environment, you must make sure that your company’s and your employees’ core values are the same. As Thomas Aquinas once said, “The things we love tell us who we are.”

Culture. People love to be part of a positive culture. If you want to engage your employees, create a culture where people are free to be who they really are. Create a culture where people are free to speak out without fear of losing their job. Be transparent. When things are going well in the organization, tell your employees. When things are going bad in the organization, do the same (tell them what exactly is going on).

Communication. If you want your employees to be part of your organization, encourage transparency, encourage communication. Employees want to know what is going on inside the organization. If your employees know or find out that you are hoarding valuable information from them, they will not trust you and your organization.

If you want your employees to enjoy their work, encourage communication, create a positive culture, and let them know the company’s core values.