The big question is …… “what motivates employees and how do you keep them motivated?”
The magic answer is…… being treated with respect! Feeling appreciate and being treated with respect are the most important things to employees in job satisfaction and motivation. It is that simple.
Feeling appreciate and being treated with respect are often the most important things to employees when it comes to job satisfaction and motivation. It is that simple.
Of course, there are other factors that come into play. Typically at the time of hire the financial factors including base pay and benefits are attractive and important part of the employment deal. But ultimately, what keeps employees at companies and actively engaged in their work are the non-financial factors.
Along with being treated with respect, employees look at work/life balance, the type of work they are doing, the quality of their co-workers, and the quality of the leadership they are given. These are all non-financial factors that cost little or nothing for an employer to provide but it DOES cost the employer hundreds or thousands of dollars in lost productivity and turnover if they aren’t done.
With the changes in the economy over the last few years, people have learned to do more with less and have re-evaluated what is important to them. They are choosing jobs based on factors such as work/life balance and being able to do challenging and meaningful work rather than chasing the giant paycheck at any cost. Also, more and more people are working either part time or are taking roles with less responsibility rather than going back to full-time work. Companies can make big impacts on employee morale and satisfaction at no to low cost by making open communication and employee development a part of their company culture.
Making a point to focus on the positive and simply remembering to say THANK YOU and GREAT JOB are free ways employers can keep employees engaged!