What Employees Want from Work

Employee Motivation Is the Result of Factors Such as Recognition and Trust

Every person has different reasons for working. The reasons for working are as individual as the person. But, everyone works because they obtain something that they need from work. The something obtained from work impacts morale, employee motivation, and the quality of life.

To create joy, engagement, and commitment from employees, employers would do well to focus on the reasons why employees work. They would focus on creating a culture that appeals to employees. They would offer fair compensation and benefits, comprehensive reward and recognition systems, and known and understood strategic frameworks in which employees experience clear expectations and goals.

Employers would also understand that employees need feedback, an occasional thank you, and the opportunity to work with coworkers in a teamwork environment.

To create positive employee work motivation, treat employees as if they matter—because your employees matter. These ideas will help you fulfill what people want from work and create employee motivation.

What People Want From Work

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Some people work for personal fulfillment; others work for love of what they do. Others work to accomplish goals and to feel as if they are contributing to something larger than themselves. The bottom line is that we all work for money and for reasons too individual to assign similarities to all workers. Learn more about what people want from work. More

How to Demonstrate Respect at Work

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Ask anyone in your workplace what treatment they most want at work. They will likely top their list with the desire to be treated with dignity and respect. You can demonstrate respect with simple, yet powerful actions. These ideas will help you avoid needless, insensitive, unmeant disrespect, too. Read more about how to demonstrate respect at work. More

Provide Feedback That Has an Impact

Provide employees with respectful feedback is what employees want from work.

Want your feedback to help coworkers improve and grow? Make sure that your feedback has the impact you want it to have by the manner and approach you use to deliver the feedback. Your feedback can make a difference to people if you can avoid provoking a defensive response from them. More

Top 10 Ways to Show Appreciation

If you show regular appreciation to employees, they will love to come to work.
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You can tell your colleagues, coworkers and staff how much you value them and their contribution any day of the year. Trust me. No occasion is necessary. In fact, small surprises and tokens of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the people in your work life feel valued all year long. More

Trust Rules: The Most Important Secret

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Without it, you have nothing. Trust forms the foundation for effective communication, employee retention, and employee motivation and contribution of discretionary energy, the extra effort that people voluntarily invest in work. When trust is present, everything else is easier. Learn more. More

Provide Motivational Employee Recognition

If you treat employees like they matter, you'll have motivated employees.
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You can avoid the employee recognition traps that: single out one or a few employees who are mysteriously selected for some form of recognition that saps the morale of the many other employees who failed to win the prize.

You don't want to provide recognition that confuses people who meet the criteria yet were not selected. Nor do you want to seek votes from employees or other personalized, subjective criteria to determine winners. Learn more about how to provide recognition so it is motivational for employees. More

Employee Recognition Rocks

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Employee recognition is limited in most organizations. Employees complain about the lack of recognition regularly. Managers ask, “Why should I recognize or thank him? He’s just doing his job.” And, life at work is busy, busy, busy.

These factors combine to create workplaces that fail to provide recognition for employees. Managers who prioritize employee recognition understand the power of recognition. More

Top 10 Ways to Retain Your Great Employees

Employees need recognition and appreciation if you want to retain your best employees.

Key employee retention is critical to the long-term health and success of your business. Managers readily agree that their role is key in retaining your best employees to ensure business success. If managers can cite this fact so well, why do many behave in ways that so frequently encourage great employees to quit their job? Here are ten more tips for employee retention. More

Team Building and Delegation: How and When to Empower People

Employees need motivating interactions with empowering bosses to feel happy at work.
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Employee involvement is creating an environment in which people have an impact on decisions and actions that affect their jobs. Team building occurs when the manager knows when to tell, sell, consult, join, or delegate to staff.

For employee involvement and empowerment, both team building and delegation rule. Learn more about how to delegate properly to employees. More

Build a Mentoring Culture

You want to create an organizational culture that provides support for mentoring employees to keep people motivated at work.
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What does it take to develop people? More than writing that you're an equal opportunity employer into your organization's mission statement. More than sending employees to training classes. More than hard work on the part of your employees.

What development does take is people who are willing to listen and help their colleagues. Development takes coaches, guides, and advocates. People development requires mentors Learn more about mentoring. More