Three Things Employees Need

Three things needed for a long term relationship are commitment, caring and communication. Just as partners in a successful marriage, who are committed to one another, understand the benefits they receive from one another, employees and employers require the same. Employees need to achieve results and employers to provide stability.

Caring is not a word used often in employment agreements but love has a place in the corporate world. The best employers treat their employees well by providing competitive salaries and benefits, training supervisors to manage effectively, giving employees the tools that they need to do their jobs, and, most important, letting employees know how they are doing. Employees show that love back by being passionate about quality and loyal to the companies for whom they work.

And then there is communication. In order to sustain a long term and healthy relationship with employees, smart companies provide job descriptions, mission statements, vision, goals, and frequent performance feedback. And smart employees, who understand where the company is headed and what they need to do, offer innovation.

Just like a successful marriage takes work, the relationship between employers and employees requires the same commitment, caring and communication, not just offered once, but provided continuously over the long term.


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About the author: Judy Lindenberger is the President of The Lindenberger Group, an award-winning human resources consulting firm, located near Princeton, NJ. They are experts in career coaching, customized training workshops, online training programs, mentoring, 360-degree assessment and feedback, HR audits, employee handbooks, and more. Learn more about them at

About the Author

Judith Lindenberger

Judith Lindenberger is President of The Lindenberger Group, an award-winning HR consulting agency. She has over 30 years of experience helping clients create effective human resource management strategies to drive success for their organization and their employees. Lindenberger Group’s seasoned team of consultants offer expert guidance on all aspects of HR from recruitment and staffing to training and development to payroll and compliance. For more information, email


brittany wolfe

I appreciate with your opinion related to employees needs its very important to know all necessary points. thanks for sharing with us. its very helpful tips for us.

Shanon Wynonna

That is what I was going to say, too, Tamkara, a work relationship is not very different from any other interpersonal bond; caring, commitment and attention must be provided every time you care about something. But learning how to manage communication failures in the workplace is very different from discussing things with your loved one, because it takes a lot of tact and a whole lot of moderation so you don’t overreact.


Very true Shannon, work place communications can be very dicy and need to be managed with an extra dose of care, thoughtfulness and empathy.


I love the analogy. It’s so very apt!
A work relationship should be nurtured just as you would any other important relationship in your life and with Care, Communication and Commitment you can’t go wrong.

Ramona Adkins

Great analogy! The best employer/employee relationships I have seen involve mutual respect, concern and caring and a willingness to connect beyond the transactional nature of business.

Vincent Labbate

While most companies show commitment and communication, fewer show caring although it is just as critical. Companies can demonstrate this critical element for success to employees by creating a learning culture and environment where coaching, mentoring and an atmosphere of learning from one’s mistakes is prevalent.


You have to work at building and maintaining any relationship… which means that communication is key. That isn’t just staying in touch. It means connecting with one another in an authentic way. It takes time and you need to really care about the relationship.

Ken Blackwell

Viewing employer/employee interactions in the context of a long-term relationship is helpful. All too often it’s looked at transactionally, devoid of the human element. To get the most out your people, invest the time and effort to forge a deeper connection.


Great article Judy! I can say that my favorite employers have been the ones that embody these 3 qualities. The employer/employee relationship should be on par with personal relationships!


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