If the very popular late 1970’s Donna Sommer’s monster hit “She Works Hard for The Money” is to be believed, you’d say it was money and pay raises that make office workers go the extra mile. But that’s a song, and you know what they say about song writers being allowed their creative license to say practically anything.
In truth, here’s what a recent survey of more than two hundred thousand (200,000) workers around the globe have to say about being happy in the workplace:
The seven most important factors these people value for on-the-job satisfaction and happiness are:
- That They Get To Be Appreciated For Their Work – That proverbial pat on the back, that “Hey, that was a great job you did on the project!” that “the team couldn’t have done it without you!” is the number one motivator that gets people working in support of the company’s goals and values.
- That There Is Good Relationship Among Colleagues And Peers – Don’t take this to mean that this is about those bold and adult, man-woman romantic dalliances that you get to hear about in the office every now and then. Sure, these would probably be good storylines for those late-night TV series as “Sex and The city”. But it’s not about that. This is about real, genuine teamwork that goes hand in hand with mutual respect on a personal and professional level, with fun-at-work thrown in for good measure.
- That They’re Able To Have A Good Work–Life Balance – Happy at work and happy with their personal lives. The ample, adequate time they spend on both sides of the fence are of top quality leaving them neither frustrations or disappointments.
- That There Is Good, Professional Relationship With The Head Honchos – The guys in dark grey suits from the top floor have nothing but respect and appreciation for the work that they do. That they’re sometimes called by their first name by the chairman of the board, is something that can really get them going more than 100%!
- That The Company They’re Working For Is Financially Stable. It doesn’t make them happy to be working for some fly-by-night organization. It’s got to be a company that’s standing on solid ground, an organization that fights back when bullied by a competitor. a reputable, respected company that’s got the muscles it needs to win its matches. They’d be proud and happy to be working for a group like that.
- That There Are Opportunities For The Employees To Learn, Develop And Further Their Careers – Anybody worth his salt would surely want to be able to go up higher on the corporate ladder. They’d be happy in a company that gives them the chance to learn and take a crack at whatever opportunities there might be to prop them up closer to the top.
- That The Company They’re Connected With Offers Attractive Fixed Salaries. And why not? We’d be hypocrites if we said thick wads of US dollars or Euros didn’t create some adrenaline rush on paydays. But hey! It’s not the be all and end all of being happy at work. In fact, if you take a closer look, among the 7 most important components that matter in relation to happiness on the job, it’s at the bottom!
Keep these findings in mind as you manage your people. They’re rock solid. Adopt them and make your organization humming like happy bees at work. oozing with productivity.