What Do Employees Want Out of Work?

It’s not hard to figure out why the vast majority of people work. With the exception of a lucky few, they need to make a living. Still, there are a number of drivers that compel people to enter specific fields, seek out jobs with particular companies, and give it their all once on the job.

The primary question we must ask ourselves is what our employees want to get out of their work? In the simplest of terms, people get something they need from the work that they do. Some feel the need to make a difference in the world. Others work to make a name for themselves and to be recognized for their accomplishments. Still others simply want to make as much money as possible. In other words, peoples’ reasons for working are as individual as the people themselves.

The ability to deliver on employee expectations – that is, to give them what they expect out of working for you – directly impacts their morale and motivation. Your job is to figure out what it is and then deliver on it. Doing so will help ensure that you have a workforce full of happy, inspired, satisfied, achieving people.

Monetary Gain:
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that many people work for the money – not just to make a living, but to make as much money as possible. Hence, the ubiquitous lists of “top paying college degrees”, and the like, which are widely publicized every year or so. Obviously, you can’t pay every single employee mountains of money, but you can ensure you are paying a fair wage that is competitive and in line with your competitors. According to the Watson Wyatt report, “The Human Capital Edge: 21 People Management Practices Your Company Must Implement (or Avoid) to Maximize Shareholder Value,” a company must pay more than average wages to attract the best employees. A hearty benefits package can also help sweeten the pot, as can opportunities for employees to increase their earnings through bonuses by delivering on your expectations and help build revenue.

Make A Difference: With the entrance of Generation Y into the workforce, employers are increasingly being pressured to provide opportunities for employees to make a difference in their community or the world at large. Of course, not everyone is fortunate enough to work for Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, United Way, or The Red Cross, so you may be challenged to identify special opportunities for community work. These can include giving employees days off (with pay) to volunteer for such organizations or provide pro bono work to non-profits. You may also wish to schedule special days during which employees band together to perform volunteer work as a team. This not only answers their desire to make a difference, but also creates a sense of camaraderie amongst the workforce.

Recognition Matters: While some people prefer to do their work quietly, collect their paycheck, and go home, others are motivated by public recognition. More than anything else, employees want to be valued for a job well done by “those they hold in high esteem,” according to reward and recognition guru Bob Nelson. From Employee of The Month contests to tangible rewards for a job well done, recognition goes a long way in motivating these individuals and helping them feel engaged in their jobs and loyal to their employer.

For assistance hiring and motivating talented individuals, contact High Profile Staffing today.