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Amy Meyer

Managing Director, cApptivate Studios

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What do employees want the most?

“In 1949 when supervisors and managers were asked about what they thought employees wanted most, they answered: wages, job security, and promotions/growth opportunities, in order of importance. When the employees were surveyed, they answered: full appreciation for work done, being involved, and sympathetic help on personal problems. Wages ranked fifth.” Kenneth Kovach

62 years later we live in the year 2011.

What now do employees want?

What would you prefer? An annual monetary payment or a frequent choice of non-monetary gifts?


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  • Mar 31 2011: Money or Stability.
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      Mar 31 2011: I don't tend to disagree much on this forum but I have to here. Of course we all need those things or we will never settle into a career or job. The thing I believe most people want is to know that what are doing has some meaning and that the eight hours they spend working is not a waste of time. We want to be inspired and valued. We want a certain amount of autonomy (this will vary depending on the individual) we desire responsibility and a creative work environment and we want to work with like minded people who have passion and enthusiasm. Sadly this is missing a lot in many work environments and either people simply move on or just fester in a non productive situation never realizing their true ability.

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