Figuring out what your people want can feel like an intricate puzzle, especially when different employees require different things. Here are four things most employees need to be successful:
- Role clarity. Tell your employees what their roles are, what you want them to achieve, and what the rules are for getting there.
- Autonomy. People want something interesting to work on and they want to be trusted to do it well.
- Accountability. Holding people accountable is not just about being fair. It also sends a message about what is and what isn’t acceptable. This is critical for employees who are trying to figure out how to succeed.
- Praise. Everyone wants to be recognized when they’ve done something right. You can motivate employees by highlighting their strengths and not harping on their weaknesses.