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