People Matter, Employees Are People!

30f397f47e74bc7104b12a5d3bacca16Employees are assets, not commodities!

People matter. And there are perks to running a quality organization that puts people first – employees as well as customers. It simply makes sense. I have argued throughout this blog that police departments need to treat everyone with dignity and respect — citizens as well as rank and file  members. Organizations that treat their employees well will reap what they sow!

Locally, Madison Magazine has been engaged in running a contest among Madison businesses and organizations for a number of years in order to determine the best place to work in area companies and businesses.

What they found out was what I laid out in my recent book, Arrested Development – treat employees well and you can be confident they will treat your customers in the same way. Quality first begins INSIDE an organization and then OUTSIDE to those who purchase products or use your organization’s services.

Years ago, the Madison Police Department’s vision statement was simply: “Quality from the Inside Out!”

As to this year’s contest, this is how Madison Magazine ranked the winners:

A survey was based on an employee-engagement framework developed by Next Generation Consulting.

Employees were asked to rate their employer in a forty-question, web-based survey that measures
 companies in six “areas of engagement”:

1) Trust. Working in an environment where information is shared and people act with integrity and respect


2) Management. Working with supervisors and managers who lead, guide and give feedback to individuals and teams


3) Development. Having opportunities to learn and grow


4) Rewards. Being compensated and appreciated according to one’s performance and contribution to an organization

5) Connection. Feeling a part of something bigger; working for more than just a paycheck

6) Life-Work Balance. Having flexibility to pursue their career and a life outside of work.

The winning companies this year were chosen because they ranked the highest in all six dimensions of employee engagement.

How would your organization rate in the above six “areas of engagement?” Would your organization in your community be selected as one of the best places to work? If not, why not?

[To read the entire article in Madison Magazine, CLICK HERE]