Beyond Paycheck: Why Employees Work Part II | #Leadership

Beyond Paycheck: Why Employees Work

Leaders, do you know why your employees work? To engage employees, you must know what employees get out of work beyond paycheck and benefits. The following list of 8 reasons will get you thinking. It is also worthwhile to ask them and hear their goals directly.

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Beyond Paycheck: Why People Work Part II. Image by Tim Windsor via Flickr.

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Beyond Paycheck: 8 Reasons Why Employees Work

  • Social connection – else they might be working alone. Beyond paycheck and benefits, they want interaction.
  • Security. Working makes some people feel they are providing for themselves and/or family members. They are unlikely to spend a year and all their savings exploring the world.
  • Have a voice and a purpose. Ever wonder why someone whose spouse makes loads of money is working for you? They work to have a voice at work and in their own life. They also have a purpose beyond being a spouse.
  • Appreciation and recognition. They want to know they matter in this life. Instead of seeing these employees as needy or self-absorbed, see the normal human need to be recognized.
  • Making a difference. These employees often work for non-profits. Yet more and more, they come to work at corporations that give back to the world.
  • Achievement. Beyond paycheck and benefits, these employees truly focus on achieving great things. They crave results.
  • Growth. These employees hate being stuck in routine job tasks. If they aren’t learning and growing, you will lose them.
  • Adventure. You will find they ask for opportunities to travel or work on global projects. Instead of using these assignments only as rewards, use them to engage these employees now.
  • Creating and innovating. Traditionally leaders thought this applied only to marketing, advertising, and related creative departments. Yet you will find these employees in all departments. They perform best when they can innovate new ideas and create new solutions to existing challenges.

Knowing your employees’ motivation to work, helps prevent your tunnel vision. It gives you an accurate picture of how to inspire, lead, and engage your employees for high morale and maximum performance.

Why do you work? Is it different from your employees?

From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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3 Responses to “Beyond Paycheck: Why Employees Work Part II | #Leadership”

  1. Khalid says:

    Hi Kate,

    Nice question to think about 🙂

    Well yes I work for all of the above reasons but I may add one more which is worshiping God. In Islam working is a worshiping activity and you get credit for working faithfully.

    I’m not sure if I expressed this right 🙂


  2. All so true Kate! We were all given a brain, an imagination and a heart for a purpose. And the more we get to use those things the happier we are!
    Yet somehow – this is information surprises many!

    • Kate Nasser says:

      Thanks Chery for adding the dimension of awareness to this discussion. When leaders and managers are aware, they can transform morale and engagement!

      Best wishes and thanks,

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