The ONE trait Companies Should Value the Most in Employees!
Employees worry about the skills they put down on their resumes to make it shiny and spotless. Words like "people person", "hardworking", "sincere", "loyal", etc. are probably too cliche to consider in today's day and age.
The problem here lies with two aspects. Firstly, how do companies understand from the paper resume what the candidate is actually like? A phrase like "people person" is generally loosely used to express good communication skills and yet, there is no proof of the same on paper. You can't hear the person speak or carry out a conversation. So, how do you determine the authenticity of that claim?
Secondly, no matter what company is hiring, every employee of that company needs to have one trait that is intrinsic in them- Ownership. Ownership is defined as a mannerism that is displayed by the person when he/she acts like an owner of the organisation he/she is working for and is equally concerned about the profits, losses, risks and positive company growth.
Let's consider Candidate A and Candidate B for our analysis.
Candidate A is sincere and hardworking. He lands a job in his desired company where he is willing to give a 100% effort. But, A notices that his company doesn't believe in giving back. In terms of rewards and benefits, the company keeps delaying or avoiding it altogether. The work he does is not recognized because it is often "expected" or "taken for granted". Candidate A thinks twice before giving extra hours and prefers switching off his phone in the weekend because - that's taken for granted for him as well, isn't it?
Candidate B also landed a job in a company, which may not have featured in his top 3 preferences. The pay wasn't as much as he thought it would be, but the company rewards him well for good performance; recognizes his efforts and pays for extra work hours as well. In the satisfaction of being treated well, B will not hesitate in taking work calls on weekends, urgently covering up for the team when required or sticking with the company during its hardest times. Moreover, B will be seen to take new initiatives outside his defined role if he can see a possibility of company progress as a result of that action.
B shows ownership of the company, when B is truly treated like an owner.
Loyalty and ownership are two very different things though, and are seen to be mutually exclusive. Years of research has proven that even though an employee may possess the ability to work with ownership, it cannot grow without a considerable support from the end of the employer and just recently, the so called startup culture has begun to give this immense importance.
It's really as simple as getting back what you choose to give. So treat your employees right, and they'll replay you tenfold!