What Really Motivates Employees?

Posted on May 17, 2010 by Liz Cosline 6 Comments

Employees want to do a job well but it is even more than this.  Employees want to know that people notice.  This may be their peers, other departments, or especially the customer.   They also wish their boss to notice the job that is being done.  They wish to know that the manager knows what is happening in the department and is involved.

Employees like to know that what they do matters and is important to the company.  Basically this is about knowing and feeling that they make a difference.  They want to build and have a good reputation.

Employees want to have the tools needed to do the job well.  When equipment doesn’t work it can be very frustrating or if it takes a long time to get fixed.  They want to have what it takes to get the job done.

Employees want to know they are supported.  This means the leader is approachable and is part of the team.  The leader listens and helps the employees solve problems.  There is a feeling of working together towards a common goal.

They want to feel a part of the big picture and to know they are appreciated.  Treating employees as the asset they are is very motivating.

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