I stole this off LinkedIn. Someone asked the open-ended question “What makes you feel valued?” Since LinkedIn is a professional networking site, I made the assumption that the author meant to ask what makes a person feel valued in the workplace. A good percentage of the respondents answered that they felt valued when they heard those two little words… “Thank you.”

I thought this topic was interesting, because I am trying to figure out how to “sell” the BSG Alliance vision to my candidates. If people are going to want to work for us, they are going to have to feel valued. So, how can I position BSG so that people will understand that their contributions, achievements, and aspirations will be recognized and appreciated?

Obviously, we thank people. It’s the least expensive way to help make employees feel valued, but thanking people can’t exist in a vacuum. If I thank you for working overtime to deliver a mission-critical piece of software, but don’t recognize you with some incentives (a promotion, a bonus, a gift card, whatever), then the chances are you’re not going to really think that I value you all that much.

So we have to come up with other ways of showing employees that they are valued. Here are some of the ways we’re able to do this at BSG:

  • Communication. BSG is great about making sure that important corporate information is shared with all the employees so that the employees can see how they make a direct impact on the day-to-day operations.
  • Challenging Assigments. BSG is a fast-paced environment, focused on delivering Enterprise 2.0 solutions quickly and reliably. Our employees have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, in a variety of industries, with a variety of technologies. By providing our employees with continued avenues of career growth,
  • Enterprise 2.0. BSG has implemented internal collaboration tools to encourage knowledge sharing. This allows our team members to work across geographies and sectors to support one another in the unending quest for knowledge.
  • Creative Staffing. We’re working with our talent to come up with unique, flexible ways to utilize skill sets. For example, bringing in high-level talent for short periods of time to fill specific needs.
  • Salaries. Let’s face it – at the end of the day, your salary is what pays the bills. At BSG, our salaries are highly competitive. We know that if we’re going to attract and maintain top-tier talent, we have to pay top-tier salaries.

I’d be interested to hear how other people look at this question. How does your company show that they value you? And do you feel valued?