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A variety of opinion comes when we talk about hiring & retaining employees. Presently, I am working in a real estate company as HR Manager, where stability is minimal & professionalism is on its way to perfection. While analyzing an employee's career wants & needs, I have come across some very interesting facts which I would like to share with all.
What an employee wants?
1.“I want... A job that gives me the chance to be creative
2.“I want... A career and not just a job”
3. “I want... The opportunity to enhance my career”
4.“I want... A company that makes me feel an important part of the team”
5. “I want... A company that invests in people”
6. “I want... A job that gives me the chance to be creative”
7. “I want... A career and not just a job”
8. “I want... To work for a company that recognizes my achievements”
9. “I want... A job that gives me the right work-life balance”
10. “I want... A Company that really listens to its people

From India, Bangalore

That is an interesting sharing and articulates employees expectations and aspirations. Unfortunately, people are unable to translate their wish list into a practical and pragmatic example that indicates / profiles the specific expectations. eg.Point 10 states -A company that listens to its people. How do you expect the company to demonstrate this? Do employees have any suggestions to implement this? Often the employee is clueless or some smart fellows will give a one line reply ' have a suggestion box scheme'. Implementing the suggestion box scheme itself is a humungous task for it has to be perceived as fair and pragmatic.

From a management perspective, while a company can attempt to provide the right work environment incorporating all these expectations, it would be near impossible to tailor / cater to the specific expectation of individual employees. What can be attempted though is to make an exhaustive list as above and during appraisals ask each employee to rank the 3 expectations that they would like the company to incorporate. After collating the rankings, the company can identify the most commonly expressed issues and then work on specific plan of action to address the said issue. However managements may not be able to cater to the most commonly articulated request because of their own compulsions eg.Work Life balance . If this translates to mean employees expect a 5 day week and / or more holidays and /or less working hours, prudent management will have to be extremely careful on tackling this issue.

All the same the sharing captures some essential truths. I would urge employees reading this post to enumerate practical ways and means to fulfill each of the above expectations of employees. This will enable HR and Managements have more inputs to enable them to give due attention to the employee expectations.


From India, Mumbai
Hello Nazneen,
It is a good compilation of the wants and expectations.
Like there are two sides to a coin, there is a flip side also.
Management also has its expectations about a candidate.
The situation is very much a give and take from both sides.
The person seeking a career has to ensure that he delivers first.
It takes time. Then the recognition comes.
The behavior pattern follows a continual improvement curve.
Merit cannot be suppressed for a long time. If the current employer does not
give what is due at the end of an assessment period, the right
candidate moves out.
While describing the challenges that emerge in this century,
the nonagenarian Peter F Drucker christens the talented
performing people as KNOWLEDGE WORKERS.
They cannot be just contained, without recognition.
He made this statement at the end of last century!!
Thanks for the post.
V.Raghunathan .................................................. ............. Navi Mumbai

From India
Dear all
Please add following wants
I want ... to work hard
I want ...the company to be number 1 in fortune 500 list
I want... to follow company's policy
i want.. to see that others want to join "my company"

From India, Bangalore
How often do we appreciate or value someone when they gave some new idea? If you talk to your people, they are scared of giving all the brilliant ideas they have because of the fear of - Being mocked by their colleagues if their idea would not be sooo great, or they might be looked down by their supervisor if they found it a simple and plain idea.

We should instead ask our people as to how would they solve the problem if they're facing it... and then have 30 ideas to choose from, and that too without racking out brain. We can also recognise the person whose idea is implemented by giving him/her a small token of appreciation.

Do we ever go back to the people to ask how do they want to grow and what can we do to help them achieve their goals? Add this question to your appraisal form. Atleast try to reach and help few people annually. They'd be grateful.

In my organization, whenever a sales person brings in money, he rings the bell and all clap for him. Even our ceo comes out to congratulate him personally.

This would be HR's responsibility. We need to work for them. Do not make communication as a one-way thing to do. Take the queries and concern of your people to the management. Do not do so by framing the person. Sure we need to be diplomats and confidential people. Just like we ensure confidentiality top to bottom, if we maintain similar confidentiality bottom to top, we would be trusted and more concerns would flow in to us which could be handled.

Hope it helped :)

From India, Mumbai
I like this list and believe each of these are indeed items that some employees want. I wonder if you could provide the source of the data? I want to be sure to give proper credit if I use this. Thanks
From United States, Artesia
Dear Friend,

In interviews /resume these terms are uses the field may be any but these are not true as none of the employee stick to all these comments but most of the times meaning of these terms are like this:


1.“I want... A job that gives me the chance to be creative

6. “I want... A job that gives me the chance to be creative”

Means I want a Job where I can work as I wish and no one should check or stop me.


2.“I want... A career and not just a job”

3. “I want... The opportunity to enhance my career”

5. “I want... A company that invests in people”

7. “I want... A career and not just a job”

I feel meaning of these terms can be taken like this:

No 2. I want a career not just a Job. Means I want a job which will always remain with me irrespective of my performance.

No 3. I want the opportunity to enhance my career means I am looking for a job which will give me a good salary and promotions.


9. “I want... A job that gives me the right work-life balance”

You see this means person wants a job where incentives will be far more then the work he is going to do and that will enhance his life style. You must under stand for an employee good balance means less work and more money.

Dear friend all these lines are set and very old lines used by people for many many decades. I tell you the best way to go through the resume is just go through the qualification, experience, References as all other details are just copied from some other resume or books.

Have you ever come across any resume or candidate who will say, I will work against the Interest of the Company, Or say I wont work hard, or cheat the Company or I just want the Job as I was unsuccessful in all other Interviews or I was sacked by my previous employer for missing from duties or misbehaving with the customers.

So just read them and forget, just try to screen the employee and try to find his real intention, mostly no one cares for the Company unless the rewards are more than the work. It's same way like every company wants to pay Rs 50 for the Rs.5000. earned by the employee. and most of the employees wishes to have more than what they have given to the Company.

Good Luck.

From India, Delhi
That is very true sir.
Just wanted to put forth a suggestion, please don't take me wrong.
If we try to walk a little extra and try to give them some comfort, perhaps they'd recognise us better.
Sure as an employee, my needs perhaps would never be satisfied. Today if you'd do something for me, tomorrow i'd ask for something else.
But I sincerely feel, we can give them atleast a little space and try to be considerate.
Sure I do not have much experience in this. Perhaps, five years down the line, I may myself contradict what I am saying now... But that was just what I felt this point in time...
Hope it wasn't very out of the way :)

From India, Mumbai
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