Part II - From ME to WE – What Employees Want

From me, we now move to the ‘Our factors of the spectrum. It starts with responsibility. 


Employees today, are ready to take on additional responsibilities that give them an opportunity to accelerate their progress. They look for a chance to innovate and make the difference. Employers need to foster innovation through employee brainstorming sessions that allow the staff to work with new people and generate fresh ideas. Not long ago, Google announced its 20% creative time policy, which encourages employees to work on any innovative idea they have that are company-related during 20% of their work hours. When Transasia wanted to introduce its caller tune, it ran a contest for its employees to conceptualize a jingle that can be a true identity of the company. After all, who would know the company better than its employees?

A company too has certain responsibilities towards its employees, providing a good health insurance is one of them. Infact, it is the most top-rated benefit that employees look out for.*** 

Transasia takes it a step beyond! Besides providing a health insurance, it conducts regular executive health checkups for its employees. In addition, through the employee support programme, it provides monetary assistance to the families of its employees, in case of any untoward incidence.

Job seekers vouch for such additional benefits in addition to their pay packages.
  
Ensuring a safe work environment that encourages mutual respect, promotes respectful and congenial relationships, and is free from all forms of sexual harassment to any employees is another responsibility of a company. Besides this, a company needs to provide equal opportunities for employment without regard to their race, caste, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, ethnic origin or disability. Transasia is proud to meet the gender diversity as per the industry norms.

Women are an integral part of Transasia's workforce
The company’s relation with its community is another aspect important for a job seeker who expects their employers to treat others fairly and behave ethically in their business practices with not just their employees but suppliers, business partners and other stakeholders as well.

The final phase of the continuum is ‘We’ which focuses on corporate citizenship. While a hefty pay check is still the final goal, job seekers also want a sense of purpose to their jobs and are attracted to organizations with sustainable practices. Some of the most sustainable companies have integrated sustainability with their brands, products and services. Take the example of the latest print advertisement of Hindustan Unilever Ltd., wherein they have shown their support for the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign by promoting hygienic habits through their products.

Job seekers are attracted to companies that connect their sustainability practices to their people practices and make them an equivalent stake-holder.

At Transasia, we align our business to also develop the communities we serve. While, through our quality immunology test kits we propagate the early and accurate detection of infections, we annually hold a blood donation camp, whereby our employees donate blood that is then screened to give a new lease of life to thalassemic patients.


To sum it up in the words of Stephen Covey:
 “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers”
Sources:
https://www.inc.com/guides/2010/08/10-things-employees-want.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2016/10/12/employers-take-note-heres-what-employees-really-want/#69c3c2d71c83
https://www.thebalance.com/what-employees-want-1918690
https://hbr.org/2015/12/the-intangible-things-employees-want-from-employers
https://www.wayup.com/guide/10-things-look-company/
*http://news.gallup.com/businessjournal/191435/millennials-work-life.aspx
**https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/About-Deloitte/gx-millenial-survey-2016-exec-summary.pdf
***https://www.fastcompany.com/3056205/these-are-the-best-employee-benefits-and-perks

Authored By: 
Vaibhav Pagedar 
Assoc. Vice President - Human Resources 
Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd.

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