Performance Advantage, Inc.
recently conducted a nationwide survey of employees that asked what factors motivate them to come to work and give it their best.
The results may surprise you.
EMPLOYEES’ TOP 10 MOTIVATING FACTORS
1. Appreciation/Recognition for a job well done
2. Feeling “in” on issues
3. An understanding attitude from their boss/manager/supervisor
4. Job Security
5. Good Wages
6. Interesting Work
7. Promotional Opportunities
8. Loyalty from management
9. Good working conditions
10. Tactful Discipline
I find the #1 Top Motivating Factor interesting because there seems to be a discrepancy between the need of employees for recognition and the hesitancy of managers to fill this need.
Recognition is not only used to make the employee feel good about their work and accomplishments. That is only a positive by-product.
We should recognize and praise because we want to reinforce a particular effort or result that benefits the business.
The more these specific behaviors are recognized, the more likely it is that an employee will repeat them.