by Roy Saunderson, MA CRP | April 22, 2019

What does it take to become an employer of choice? Take a look at these top 10 ways to be a best place to work, and review how your organization stacks up. Expand upon and act on these principles where you work, and you will more fully engage your employees.

1. Create a trusting and respectful place to work. It's a given that people mean what they say and do what they say they will do. All employees are respectful of one another, their customers and their community -- and leaders demonstrate trustworthiness in all that they do.

2. Cultivate caring people and a caring organization. It starts at the top and works its way down. Care and concern is shown for individuals and families in the good times and the tough events that happen. Positive actions and messages are given to those in need.

3. Develop a positive organizational culture. That means a clear purpose and mission so people know exactly why they do what they do. Have a defined set of values that drive all organizational practices and give direction for how people should do their work.

4. Ensure it is an inclusive place to work. There is no discrimination with hiring practices. All employees are equally represented across work positions and included in work projects and teams. A respect for all exists throughout the organization.

5. Encourage socially responsible and charitable behavior. Leaders and employees actively participate in local as well as global socially responsible initiatives. Everyone displays strong community citizenship as well as a commitment toward charitable causes.

6. Remember that "leader" is not a position. While there are people in various senior leadership positions, the company is also committed to developing leaders. There are ongoing emerging leaders' programs and a commitment to let employees lead projects.

7. Stimulate innovation and creativity. There's no innovation without creativity, and great companies provide opportunities to produce new ideas and solve problems. Then it's on to implementing these ideas that makes these companies innovative.

8. Generate strong performances and potential. Everyone knows what's expected of them in their work. Each person gives positive and candid feedback, knowing they want you to succeed. And employees and their contributions are always valued.

9. Become financially successful and accountable. The bottom line must be kept in mind, but it is what happens above the line and how it is achieved that is most important. People come before profits, and that fuels financial outcome.

10. Ensure transparency and open communication. Communication is a two-way process. Leaders regularly give employees a clear picture of the company's health. And employees are expected to provide ideas and solutions for the company to succeed.

Incentive columnist Roy Saunderson is the author of Giving the Real Recognition Way. The Vistance Institute chief learning officer at Rideau Inc, Saunderson provides consulting, learning and thought-leadership services focused on helping leaders and managers give real recognition the right way. He can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter and at his AuthenticRecognition.com blog.