What Do Employees Want From Work? by DebtFreeGuy

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Essential tips for understanding what motivates your workforce. Never assume that your colleagues or employees have identical reasons for coming to work. In reality we often want different things from the work that we do which can leave employers with a real dilemma about how to deal with the complexities of meeting theses aspirations. This article offers a variety of opinions about what people want from work.

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									                  What Do Employees Want From Work?
      Essential tips for understanding what motivates your workforce
Never assume that your colleagues or employees have identical reasons for coming to work.
In reality we often want different things from the work that we do which can leave employers
with a real dilemma about how to deal with the complexities of meeting theses aspirations.
This article offers a variety of opinions about what people want from work.

Respect
For many employees the reason they drag themselves out of that comfortable bed each
morning to head into work, is because they want to gain the respect of their colleagues and
employer. It doesn't matter what job you do, knowing that people respect you is essential
and that's why you'll work harder and longer than anyone else so that others can observe
just how committed you are to the job and how good you are at it.

Recognition
Whilst there are some similarities to respect, recognition is different because some
employees want to be publicly acknowledged for the work they do. It is possible for someone
to respect you without communicating this verbally, but recognition will simply be met by
regular thanks in the workplace for your hard work. For others the need for recognition will
only be accomplished through awards acknowledging their efforts.

Financial Rewards
Some employees simply want financial rewards to enable them to lead a comfortable life and
have few ambitions to gain anything more from the workplace. This can occur at opposite
ends of the spectrum evidenced by lazy employees who come to work and do the least
amount possible to guarantee a pay check at the end of the month. Alternatively there will be
highly motivated employees, particularly in a sales or target driven culture that will work all
hours to generate as much money as possible.

A Career
Often employees will see work as a means of developing a long term career, particularly if it
is within a professional or military context. They want their work to provide them with the
fastest possible route to the top and provide security to their job circumstances. They dream
of retiring at the very pinnacle of their chosen industry.

A Vocation
This is entirely different to wanting a career. Some employees look for a vocation, which is a
rewarding and fulfilling occupation or way of life, where they can continually give and expect
little in return. For many employees seeking this goal from their work, it will be difficult to see
where their work life ends and their social life begins. An example of this might be a pastor
or charity worker who is dedicated to their work no matter what.
To Socialise
There are a large number of people who may simply want to work to fulfil a social aspect of
their life where they can gain enjoyment from their work activity. Take for example staff who
work in bars, public houses or clubs or employees of Disney Land or Universal Studios.
Many of these enjoy being around, and socialising with people, and like making them laugh.
Their satisfaction is knowing that others had the best possible time.

Belonging
Some employees are keen to obtain a sense of belonging from their work. They like to feel
part of a large group and enjoy having shared values and colleagues to welcome them as
they get into work.

Summary
Organisations will always find it difficult to meet all of the varied demands that employees
place on their workplace. However understanding what people want from work will improve
motivational schemes within the workplace and lead to better working environments that
improve job satisfaction and ultimately, productivity for the organisation.

								
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