Money is great, but …

By Glenn Leibowitz via   Article

Money Is Great, But This Is What Employees Really Want

Meaning. Challenge. Autonomy. Just three of the six things employees are looking for from their work.

You might have seen the Gallup statistics that show that one out of two workers say they are ‘not engaged’ with their job, while another 17 percent say they are ‘actively disengaged.’ Even if you haven’t seen these numbers, evidence of employee disengagement often stares you right in the face in the form of those farewell emails that pop-up in your inbox each week. …

Here are six things that people are really looking for from their job:

1. MEANING. Good novels–the ones that make you want to turn the page again and again until you reach the end–are the ones that tell stories with a deeper meaning, or ‘theme’ as it’s called by those who pursue the craft. … Especially given how people spend the majority of their waking hours with their colleagues–time that is not spent with their loved ones–what makes all that time meaningful? Companies that can help its people answer this question stand a better chance of inspiring them and keeping them on board.

2. CHALLENGE. Work is a powerful platform for people to learn new skills and ideas, to stretch their potential, and to become better versions of themselves. People want to grow professionally and personally. But to grow, they need to have the opportunity tackle new challenges and solve new problems, they need to be stretched and tested. …

3. AUTONOMY. People want to have a sense of agency in what they do. They want to feel like they’re the masters of their professional fate, because so much of their personal fate rests on what they do at work. Autonomy–the freedom to make choices and to be held accountable for them–is what many people want.

4. VISIBILITY. Nothing is more demoralizing than when a person puts in the work and doesn’t get the credit they deserve. Worse is when someone takes the credit for the work that they did. Visibility is about giving public recognition inside the company–and sometimes outside the company–for a job well done. …

5. EQUITY. … Companies that treat people unfairly–offering one employee a private office while making others hot desk in an open plan seating arrangement; or paying people differently despite their comparable skills, qualifications, and contributions–just make it that much more likely to lose the very people they want to keep.

6. AUTHENTICITY. … Why do most companies make it so hard for people to just be themselves, to not be ashamed of who they are and what their personal preferences are? Perhaps as much as meaning, people crave the chance to be their authentic selves.”


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