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Introducing the 9 Principles of Employee Care: A New Framework for HR and Management

Updated: Aug 16, 2023


Employee wellbeing and organizational success go hand in hand. Yet all too often, HR policies and management practices fail to fully support employees or recognize their humanity. Jessica Jaymes Purdy, CEO and Founder of FIC Human Resource Partners, has developed a new framework to transform employer-employee relationships - the 9 Principles of Employee Care.


These principles provide HR professionals and managers with a roadmap for creating work cultures where employees are valued, supported, and empowered. By embracing employee care, organizations can boost engagement, innovation, and productivity by meeting the needs of their greatest asset - their people.

What led you to conceive of the 9 Principles of Employee Care?
"I often felt let down by HR departments that failed to meet my needs. However, it was 2017, the year that I began my gender transition that the limitations of HR became painfully apparent. In 2018, quite by accident, I found myself unexpectedly thrust into the world of HR, culture, and DEI consulting. It was through this work that I began to develop an understanding of the fundamental flaws within the HR system, despite the best intentions of its practitioners. The 9 Principles of Employee Care evolved from this understanding.” - Jessica Jaymes Purdy

The 9 Principles of Employee Care encourage organizations to:

  1. Cultivate Human Relationships by building community and encouraging collaboration.

  2. Uphold Human Respect through equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

  3. Recognize Human Relevance by valuing individual contributions.

  4. Show Human Recognition through rewards and appreciation.

  5. Encourage Human Responsibility through accountability and ethics.

  6. Enable Human Routines that streamline work, support work-life balance, and enable higher productivity while limiting stress.

  7. Provide Human Readiness through personal and professional development and resources.

  8. Utilize Human Records in an ethical manner promoting privacy, fairness, and human-centered decision-making.

  9. Ensure diverse Human Representation at all levels.

What sets the 9 Principles of Employee Care apart from other HR and Management approaches?
“At its core, Employee Care recognizes that meaningful relationships and connections are the lifeblood of an engaged, thriving workforce. It moves beyond viewing employees through the narrow lens of roles, responsibilities, and policy adherence. Instead, it seeks to understand each employee as a whole human being with unique needs, goals, and aspirations.” - Jessica Jaymes Purdy

Purdy explores these revolutionary principles in her upcoming book "The 9 Principles of Employee Care", as well as related training workshops and coaching programs for HR professionals and managers. By embracing these principles, organizations can reshape HR policies and practices to be more human-centered. Employees are supported not just as workers, but as whole people with diverse needs and aspirations. Their well-being becomes a core focus.


The goal is workplaces where every employee is appreciated for their humanity, feels psychologically safe to be their authentic selves, and is empowered to drive innovation and success.

Who Encouraged you to write a book on the 9 Principles of Employee Care?
“During a conversation with my friend and colleague, Rhodes Perry, the author of "Belonging at Work" and "Imagine Belonging," that the vision for this book truly crystallized. As I shared with him the 9 principles of employee care, he astutely pointed out that I had a book to write. But without the support and encouragement of friends and mentors like Rhodes Perry, Laurie Battaglia, and Christine Courtney, I would have allowed my imposter syndrome to prevent me from writing it.” - Jessica Jaymes Purdy

The time is now to reimagine employer-employee relationships. Learn more about bringing the 9 Principles of Employee Care to your organization today.


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