How do you ensure that your employees feel valued? The answer is simple: you promote individuality and identity in the workplace. Employees with more individuality are more engaged, more productive, and ultimately more satisfied. In a recent study, managers of a retail chain that focused on individuality and values reported 33 percent higher retention rates and greater customer satisfaction than those who focused on company values and skills training. However, what should you look for in a workplace that promotes individuality?
When students are given the task of understanding what individuality means, they can write down adjectives that describe themselves. Identify positive qualities that are unique and important to them, and discuss why individuality is important. After completing the assignment, students can discuss the importance of individuality with peers and classmates. Once they have finished writing, they can divide into two circles and share their answers. Without individuality, everyone would be the same. Without individuality, it would be boring to work with others, and everyone would have the same job. However, by being unique and individual, people would feel more content and happier, and they will be able to work on overcoming their fears and achieving their dreams.
To ensure that individuals feel valued and respected in their workplace, leaders should model individuality. They should take the lead in promoting individuality, and they can do this by hosting diversity days to highlight the benefits of diversity. Similarly, leaders should make sure to regularly communicate the importance of individuality with employees. If communication on individuality is lacking, companies should reconsider how they communicate it. If there’s a lack of diversity, employees may feel threatened or uncomfortable with it.