By Sunny Klein Lurie
So what do employees want in their workplace?
Workplace surveys, including Gallup, say the top five critical areas relate to work, belief in the organization, social connections, manager, and pay and benefits.
Some leaders turn to material perks (massages, pets, games, free food) in the hopes of making employees happier. However, research suggests that these extras are appreciated but are not as effective as other long-term intrinsic motivators. Motivating employees to do something because it is personally rewarding and comes from inside the individual is a great strategy, where as influencing employees to act by using negative consequences or external rewards, such as free gifts, is extrinsic motivation and produces only short-term outcomes.
When companies understand intrinsic motivators that are personally rewarding to employees, it fosters higher-level performance. Here are the top five things employees want:
There are other factors that influence performance. But these five components continue to be ranked highly important by employees. Companies that address the five areas create a workplace in which employees are more committed, give more effort, and are much more likely stay.
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Sunny K. Lurie, Ph.D., is the CEO of Advanced Performance, which helps organizations maximize employee engagement, motivation, and performance by promoting organizational well-being.