Here on the BT6 blog today, our MD, Holly Miller, shares her thoughts on the human desire to be cared for, seen and heard, which extends to all parts of life; including our workplace....

"I've always been fascinated with people and how they tick; I brought that love of people in to how we run BT6 Resourcing. There are lots of recruitment companies out there and in a very 'full' industry we wanted to approach things differently.

Good people can be hard to find and even harder to keep hold of. When discussing reasons for leaving their previous role, there is a running theme amongst our candidates that is as important as salary, benefits and flexibility.

The human desire to be cared for, seen, and heard by one's employer is a profound yearning that transcends the boundaries of job titles and industries. It encapsulates the essence of what it means to have a fulfilling and meaningful professional life.

Firstly, people want to feel cared for by their employer in the sense that they long for a workplace where they feel valued, appreciated, and approached as individuals. This deep and genuine sense of belonging manifests in small gestures, such as a thank-you note for a job well done, or in the larger framework of a company culture prioritising employee well-being and work-life balance. This kind of approach creates a sense of loyalty and commitment, encouraging employees to give their best and to go the extra mile in return; an even energy exchange.

Being seen by an employer extends beyond mere recognition of one's presence in the workplace. It means being acknowledged for one's unique talents, contributions, and potential. Employees want their employers to recognise their skills, passions, and aspirations and to provide opportunities for growth and development. When an employer truly 'sees' their employees, it fosters a sense of purpose and empowerment, fueling not just individual progress but also the collective success of the organisation.

Equally important is the desire to be heard by an employer. Employees yearn for an environment where their voices are not only heard but also valued. They want to feel comfortable sharing ideas, concerns, and feedback without fear of retribution. An employer who actively listens fosters a culture of open communication and innovation, creating a dynamic workplace where ideas can flourish and problems can be addressed constructively.

When employees feel cared for, seen, and heard, they are more engaged, productive, and committed. Simultaneously, employers who cultivate such an environment reap the rewards of a motivated and loyal workforce, enhancing retention and a healthy culture.

In today's ever-evolving landscape, companies that understand and embrace this deep-seated desire will not only attract top talent but also thrive in an era where the heart of business is as much about people as it is about profit. It's a reminder that the most successful organisations are those that recognise the humanity within their workforce and nurture it, creating a workplace where care, visibility, and voice are not just ideals but tangible realities."

Read more career-related posts, over on the BT6 blog