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Employees: Happiness Beats Salary

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 27, 2015


In the rock, paper, scissors reality of employees, happiness and contentment beat salary and advancement. Or so says a survey done by the Manpower Groups Right Management.

The survey found just 10% of employees define career success as high performance and productivity. In fact, close to half rank work-life balance as their career goal. Right Managements Mara Swan said this has employers scrambling because it is causing a real disconnect between performance demands and employee aspirations.

High performers have a disproportionate impact on business results. Talent shortages for in-demand skills persist and have caused HR departments worldwide to rethink how they develop and motivate individuals to meet performance goals, she said.


These are the top-five definitions of items employees seek at work:

  Happiness/enjoyment 26%

  Salary 19%

  Doing the best work 18%

  Respect and recognition 15%

  High performance 10%


Swan said, People are happy and engaged at work when they are inspired. Understanding employee career motivations and aspirations is key to creating a high performance culture that motivates individuals to do their best work.


These are the career aspirations employees seek:

Achieve work-life balance 45%

Be the best at what I do 17%

Earn a lot of money 13%

Help other people 11%

Help society 6%


Breaking the survey takers down, the Right Management survey said:

  Millennials at 14% are the least likely to want to be the best they can be.

  Baby boomers hit 22% in that category.

  The Gen X generation those born from the early 1960s to the early 1980s are at 17%

  Just 3% say they want to get to a prominent position


Leadership is a big part of the survey, too:

  53% said respect for the knowledge and experience of their leaders is critical

  51% want mutual trust out of an employer or supervisor

  37% want transparency

  32% want training, development and learning in the workplace

  30% want an equal relationship regardless of the job title


Source link: Carrier Management

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