Bosses often look around the office and wonder what’s wrong with employees today. One interesting survey suggests that maybe they should look in the mirror instead.
We’re focusing on the need to recruit and keep great people as one of the core business skills in our Six for ’06 Series. And, while it’s important to figure out how to get great people in the door, it’s even more important to figure out how to keep them in your company, happy and productive.
It’s common for bosses to grumble that “they just dont make employees like they used to”. And there’s some truth to that. Perhaps in the post-war generation the valuation proposition for work was simpler: work hard, get ahead, get paid, go home”. Todays workers will work just as hard as their parents–or even harder. But what makes a job great has definitely changed.
A survey of more than one million workers by Sirota Survey Intelligence of Purchase, New York shows that today’s workers want three things in a great job:
Equity: To be respected and to be treated fairly in areas such as pay, benefits, and job security.
Achievement: To be proud of one’s job, accomplishments, and employer.
Camaraderie: To have good, productive relationships with fellow employees.
You can read more about the survey at the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge website here. In an article by Sirota, Mischkind and Meltzer they suggest a number of ways that you can keep your team excited about working in your company.
If you’re not sold yet, consider this worrisome fact. Most employees start a new job excited about their job and your company. The longer they work for in a company, the more jaded and cynical they become. What does that say about the management job that most bosses are doing?