First: Make Your People Feel Secure.
Since the cave age, human beings have been vulnerable to calamities i.e. weather, wild animals or the surroundings, etc. All this makes them seek help and form boundaries, groups and societies to feel protected and get support when needed. In short, people wanted to feel safe. Hence, they started living in communities and started helping others selflessly.
In today’s tech world where evolution is taking place every nanosecond, mergers, acquisition and downsizing are on a high and are causing a fear in employees of losing their job in the process. People are feeling insecure hence, their productivity is decreasing and politics within organizations are increasing. There is nothing abnormal in their response because this reaction is basic human nature, to work in self-defense when threatened. However, this is highly alarming for the organization and if not acted upon it can result in huge losses both in terms of finance and human resources.
Second: Make Your People Believe In Your Organization.
Whenever you join a club of friends, you believe they will make you laugh and you will enjoy with them. When you join a political party you believe that they have stood up for something right. When you make a best friend, you believe in him/her that they will understand you and will never judge you. When you get married you believe in the person that they will be with you regardless of the situation.
Whatever the case may be or whoever you are with, you as a human being believe in them, your values are in alignment with theirs and your purpose of being with them is being fulfilled because your “why of investment” is the same as their “why of investment!”
Start doing the same in organizations. Employees want to feel that they are wanted, they enjoy the culture and all they want is satisfaction from their work. After all, companies are a group of people too.
Don’t get me wrong, yes money is important, very important but as an employee their mindset should not be that they have to work because they are getting paid. That mindset will create lethargy and high employee turnover annually. Their mindset should be that they get paid for the awesome work they do, they an opportunity not on the basis of experience but on the basis of expertise and quality of work. When employees start believing their organization that is the point the organization starts thriving.