Core Needs: BICEPS
There are six core needs researchers find are most important for humans at work. Not all are equally important to everyone. You might find that equity and belonging are most important to you, but choice and status are most important to your employee. Getting to know them and coaching to them is a shortcut to making feel understood and valued (aka inclusivity).
- Community: A feeling of friendship and closeness with a group, or being part of a tight community of any size.
Community well-being: People are cared for, the whole group feels happy and healthy.
Connection: Feeling kinship and mutual understanding
Progress towards purpose: You are helping make progress towards an important goal for the company, your team or your own career/ life.
Improving the lives of others: You see how your work helps improve things for others
Personal growth: Learning/ seeing fast growth in yourself in skills that matter to you.
Choice: Having flexibility, the chance to have more control over key parts of your world
Autonomy: Having clear ownership over a domain where you can do as you wish, without asking for permission
Decision-making: The ability to have make decisions about the things that matter to you
Access to resources (money, time, space, etc) feels fair/ equitable
Access to information is fair: All groups/ people have access to information that is relevant to them
Equal reciprocity: You support each other equally
Decisions are fair and everyone is treated as equally important
Resources: There’s enough certainty about resources (money, personnel hours, space) so you can focus on your job or goals
Time: There’s certainty about when things will occur/ when you can prepare for them.
Future challenges: You can anticipate and thus can prepare for future challenges
Direction: Goals, strategy, and direction stay consistent and don’t change too often/fast
Status: You hold a title/ role that honors your worth among your peers/ your industry/
Visibility: Your work is highly visible to people that matter
Recognition: Your work is recognized and appreciated in ways that feel good.
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