Caring for the Whole Employee
In the past, when employees didn’t have as many options and laws didn’t exist to protect them, employers held all the cards. If the boss said you were coming in Saturday, you showed up on Saturday. If your wages were pathetic, you could take it or find the door. Employers owned employees’ time, made demands, and expected results no matter the costs. This old social contract is dead. Facing one of the toughest recruiting markets of all time and historically low unemployment rates, organizations are now having to shift their mindsets to providing holistic employee wellness through their employee experience and benefits offerings. Besides being more humane, this new social contract—where employers and employees recognize their responsibility to each other and both are fully invested in meeting those responsibilities—provides many strategic results to organizations of all sizes. By recognizing their ability to impact employees both inside and outside the office, organizations create more well-rounded and balanced employees. And when employees’ needs are met and they feel engaged, they perform better work.
About Ryan Sanders
Ryan Sanders is the co-founder of BambooHR. Ryan has held vice president and director positions at companies like Spark Networks, MingleMatch, and MyComputer.com (now Omniture). He has also led projects for Disney, Novell, Hitachi Data Systems, Intel, Scifi Channel, Lucent, and HP. Ryan completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Ryan and his wife, Lori, are the proud parents of three children.