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What Employees Want


You value your employees and what your employees want. So, you do your best to keep them happy and working hard for you for as long as possible. How is that done? Well, you could give them more money, but that would be expensive. Fortunately, paying a higher wage is not the only way to stay on their good side.

Lightsource HR came up with four examples of things American employees want that won’t break the bank:

  1. Recognition
  2. Potential for Growth
  3. Respect
  4. Teamwork

Almost every employee on your staff, regardless of rank, craves recognition. Therefore, you should do your best to show them your appreciation. Praise individuals and teams during meetings, in company newsletters, on social media or at year-end and holiday get-togethers. Create tangible awards to give them so they can present their accomplishments proudly. By identifying accomplishments during meetings or in company newsletters, you’re letting them know that you and your managers are engaged and looking for employees to go the extra mile.

Potential for Growth

Most people admit that no matter what level of success they have achieved in their life, they want more. After all, people want to wake up each day knowing there are opportunities for growth, and that they haven’t maxed out their potential. Fortunately, there’s a lot of work to be done and you wouldn’t mind delegating. Right? Offer the trusted members of your staff the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and try new things and they are likely to reward you by forming a newfound interest in the business.


Leadership requires a mindfulness of your actions and the impact those actions have on the emotions of others. There’s no quicker way to discourage your staff than by disrespecting or antagonizing them, but you don’t have to yell at an employee show them to do that. Perhaps the most commonly overlooked manifestation of disrespect is micromanagement. Respectful leaders enable their staff by presenting them with chances to exceed expectations, by providing them with all of the information they need up front, and by listening carefully to what they have to say.


Most employees appreciate working in groups toward a common goal. Therefore, wiser organizations set attainable goals and expectations well in advance of the deadline. From there a game plan will be formulated to maximize the team’s effort and create harmony among its members. Communication is key and every person must be up-to-date on the latest information in order to act in the best interest of your company.

Lightsource HR Knows What Employees Want

Lightsource HR is a professional employer organization. We help businesses of all shapes and sizes manage the various HR functions they struggle with every day.

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