What is the MOST important thing to employees in workplace culture?

by | Mar 6, 2024

Believe it or not, it isn’t money…

In a poll on LinkedIn, I asked the question: What is the most important thing to you in your workplace culture?

Here are the results…

66% — a supportive supervisor/boss

18% — shared goals and mission

10% — professional development

  6% — more money/climb the ladder

Are you surprised?

I wasn’t. And here’s why…

These results agree with many studies and stats about what people value most in the workplace—and what factors lead to high employee engagement.

Here are the big takeaways from these stats:

✅ People are MOST concerned about having a great leader and a sense of purpose.

🚫 People are LEAST concerned about climbing the ladder and a bigger salary.

🎬 So what can you do? Here are two important actions…

#1 If you’re HR and you want to build a healthy, thriving culture—help managers and supervisors be more supportive and take on a COACH approach to the way they lead.

If you don’t do this, you’re not addressing the majority of what PEOPLE actually want…and what they believe are the ISSUES that need changed.

#2 If you’re the manager or leader—especially the senior leadership team—recognize the impact you have in the organization by how you lead. Ensure all leaders are leading effectively.

Because, culture isn’t just an “HR thing.” It’s a LEADERSHIP THING. The 66% of people who would rather have a supportive boss confirm this.

It’s time to consider not only your company’s ROI, but also its “COI”—the “cost of INACTION.”

Doing nothing about ineffective leadership is the quickest way to kill culture, employee motivation, and eventually your BUSINESS RESULTS.

When you take the COI “cost of inaction” into account—you will find that it’s worth the time and energy to transform your leaders.

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