What does it mean when an organization is said to be employee-centric? Let’s bust the myth. Does it mean giving priority to employees over the business?
Does it mean sacrificing performance for happiness? Does it mean giving perks to employees? Does it mean having a fancy office and providing stuffed canteens and food to employees?
No, not at all…What does it truly mean? Keep reading to bust the myth!
In this article, we are going to be taking a close look at what makes up an employee-centric organization.
Let’s define an employee-centric organization. In simple terms, an employee-centric organization is an environment where you respect your employees and take good care of them. Each employee is valued and viewed as important to the company’s success in achieving their shared vision and mission. All this for what? Pure and simple business success!!
An employee-centric organization operates on a company culture where employees communicate freely. There is a free flow of information, innovative ideas, relevant thoughts throughout all the levels in the organizational structure. A respectful and friendly atmosphere is created where employees can express themselves.
There is no company if there are no customers; customers must be satisfied so that they can purchase the service/product over and over again. Most companies, if not all, are concerned with satisfying their clients and that is why they hire employees to get the job done.
In an employee-centric organization, employees are also given the opportunity to develop and build their talents and skill to further contribute to the company. Companies that treat their customers well get more referrals than those who don’t, and their customers get the best service possible from the employees.
Do not forget that great customer experience drives business growth and success. Deloitte & Touche found that companies that are customer-centric are 60% more profitable1.
Constructs of an employee-centric organization
An employee-centric organization is not just about the appearance or the beauty of the environments. It is not just about keeping employees in check. Any organization that is employee-centric supports the success of the entire team and ensure a top-notch customer experience.
An employee-centric workplace is designed to increase efficiency and collaboration thereby enhancing overall productivity. A recent finding by Gallup confirmed that highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability4. In employee-centric organizations, employees come to their workplace every day with purpose, passion, and energy.
Culture is the personality of a company. It encompasses a variety of components which include the workplace, core values, mission, vision, ethics, and goals. Company culture can also be referred to the beliefs and conducts that defines how a company operates. Moreover, it also encompasses the Workplace Experience that the company provides to its employees. An employee-centric organization operates on a company culture that takes good care of its employees. Let’s look at the components of an employee-centric organization;
- Wellbeing: According to an article in Forbes Magazine, the five elements that make a workplace healthy are work-life balance, health and safety, employee growth and development, employee recognition and employee involvement. According to research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 75% of employers confirmed that their companies offered some type of wellness program for their employees2.
- Agility: Business Agility can be referred to as the distinct qualities that a business possesses. This agility allows it to respond rapidly to changes in the internal and external environment without missing vision or energy. In turn, organizations that are employee-centric rapidly adapt to changes while maintaining tractability and balance.
- Innovation: Employee-centric organizations are aware that innovation matters and they take steps to make it an important component in their DNA. Organizations that have innovation listed as part of their core values tend to support an open exchange of ideas among their employees. Employee-centric organizations make sure employees know that it’s in the company’s best interest that they make steady progress. An employee-centric culture motivates employees to be innovative.
- Collaboration: Collaboration involves a small or large group of employees working together to exchange ideas and innovation within the organization. Workplace collaboration can only be effective in an employee-centric organization. Successful employers are aware of this, so they incorporate it in their DNA.
Still think you shouldn’t be employee-centric?
All employers want to achieve success. Unfortunately, most organizations make the mistake of centering their strategies on their customers first, but such an approach won’t be as productive compared to when the company focuses on its employees.
An employee-centric workplace results in committed and engaged employees. Employees also practice positive and effective communications and relationships both inside and outside the organization. When employees feel valued, they put your customers first and make sure they get satisfied.
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