Based on research and rooted in care, the Limeade Results Model illustrates that an active and reciprocal commitment between companies and employees ultimately leads to better people and business results.
The Limeade Institute recognizes “care” as the provision of what’s necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance and protection of something. It’s looking after and providing for the needs of someone or something.
Our research has found that when this care is present within companies, employees are more likely to be personally engaged in their work, have well-being in their lives and feel a sense of inclusion. Moreover, they are more likely to stay at the company longer and recommend the company to others as a great place to work. These results are not only good for employees, but are also good for the business.
Simply put, the best places to work demonstrate to their employees that they genuinely care about them as people.
Limeade Results Model
Although the concept of “feeling cared for” is inherently subjective, employees and companies can take specific actions to demonstrate care.
Companies can demonstrate and achieve perceptions of care by providing “organizational support” that embodies this care. This includes local support — from managers, teams, peers, networks and one’s physical environment, and organization-wide support — from leaders, strategic alignment, tools and resources and culture.
When companies intentionally surround their employees with care through each of these components, employees are better enabled and motivated to reciprocate this care — both for themselves and the company.
While companies can help create the environment in which individuals can thrive, employees also play a key role in responding to this care and influencing their overall employee experience. Caring for oneself may include taking actions to invest in and prioritize one’s well-being, engagement and inclusion at work. These individual actions can also include internal efforts, such as actively pursuing healthy well-being mindsets (e.g., optimism, resilience). Likewise, caring for one’s company can include an investment in quality work and performance — or, actively fostering a more inclusive workplace for others.
Ultimately, companies achieve better people and business results when they actively show CARE for employees, and help their employees care for themselves.