Employees are humans too...

& it's time for companies step up & acknowledge the fact.

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I feel like the "job" process is still very much a one-way street where the employee puts in 100% all round and the company merely contributes a salary each month. You apply for a job. The company expects the employee to have the qualifications, personality, ambition and to always "go the extra mile". In exchange, in most cases, all they give the employee is a monthly salary and in most cases it's not even enough.

You work, and we pay. It's not like you're doing it for free.

In the interview, the job-seeker is expected to be wonderful but no pressure is placed on the company to impress too. In the job, the employee is expected to always go above and beyond in performance, but no pressure is placed on the company either.

Companies, mostly corporates, forget that they are dealing with humans, not robots. Humans who have lives outside the office- and life happens all the time!  No-one can schedule being sick for either before 8am or after 5pm.

Many reports are being released where it is being made clear that times are changing and people are seeking more than just a salary and are happy to leave a company for one with a better culture. Simple things to take into consideration and acknowledge that your employees are human can make all the difference:

  • Speak about implementing flexi-hours. People perform differently at different hours of the day. If all companies introduce this, it could also ease the congestion of traffic at peak hours, cutting the time people spend travelling to work and also creating happier moods when employees arrive at work. It also allows people to get more done in their personal lives which can result in more peace of mind for your employee which will result in better performance at work.

  • Have regular talks about salaries. Your employee gives their company a minimum of a third of their day- this generally excludes travel, for the sole purpose of getting to and from their job. They give the company the best hours of their day. Life happens. The cost of living increases. Your employee may want to increase their quality of life too. Once again, these are not robots, but humans with lives, feelings, ambitions, families and souls. Perhaps they want to purchase a home or travel because they've never been out of their neighbourhood, start a family or start a hobby. All this requires some sort of monetary input which can only come from the one place where they spend 8 - 12 hours of their day. Your employees spend all their time trying to make the company a success, sometimes it wouldn't hurt to give back. Charity starts at home.