What Are Employees Four Basic Needs?


Last week I spoke at an Employee Benefits Summit that was focused on employee engagement.


I shared a message about how a leader’s approach impacts the commitment & engagement of their people.


I also sat in on some of the other sessions and in one particular session on employee engagement a lot of the research out of the Gallup Poll was shared. One of the key takeaways from the Gallup studies was The Four Basic Needs of Employees.


While we might think these center around fair compensation, flexible schedules, great benefits or a number of very tangible indicators, the research shows that the four basic needs are very intangible:

  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Stability
  • Hope

When I look at this list my mind goes directly to the thought that all four of these needs are met by good leadership. Partnering with your people builds trust, allows you to offer compensation, creates a sense of safety & stability & inspires hope.


That is why I believe that Partnership Is The New Leadership. It is the leadership approach that meets the basic needs of employees and builds commitment in your people.


How are you meeting these basic needs?


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