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Five Things Employees Want Beyond Money

by Katie Riggs on October 10, 2016


Let’s be real. We all need to make a living and that means we need a job – unless of course we’ve won the lottery or a relative has left us a pile of cash. So money is always important when taking a job.

That said, not all jobs are created equal. Some give us something deeper. A sense of accomplishment. Satisfaction. Knowledge that we are needed and respected. Anne Bahr Thompson, a contributor to The Harvard Business Review, recently shared five things that employees want from a job. We share them with you now:

  1. Trust—Don’t let me down. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials  want to work for a company they trust, one that lives up to its promises and delivers value to them individually. Policies that ensure people get regular acknowledgement and praise for a job well done are also critical to promoting a more trusting, positive, healthy, relaxed and less-stressed work environment—for all generations.
  2. Enrichment—Enhance daily life. Work-life balance is important across all employee groups, but different generations want different things. Baby Boomers look for recognition of their individual strengths and skills, and accountability that fosters pride in a job well done. Gen Xers seek friendly employers that help them to achieve their goals by simplifying their personal chores and making routine tasks easier to accomplish. Millennials want supportive managers, not faceless bosses; rewards for good ideas; and project assignments that vary their work experience.
  3. Responsibility—Behave fairly. All people expect their employers to treat others fairly, behave ethically and be proactive in their business practices. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials all respect and become fans of businesses that exhibit human traits and are honest about their shortcomings.
  4. Community—Connect me.The company we work for is a badge of sorts, signifying who we are and what we’re about to our family, friends and others. A sense of “belonging” and working in a culture that mirrors our values has always strengthened employee engagement. We all value a cohesive, supportive and enriching environment.
  5. Contribution—Make me bigger than I am. People want to work for companies that contribute to the communities they care about and help to fix society’s worries, provided that they do not do so with overtly political intentions. They yearn for their employers to advocate on their behalf and focus on the issues that matter most to them. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials all look to the companies they work for in same way they look to the brands they buy—to help them achieve their ideals.

At Home Preferred agrees with Ms. Bahr. We strive to be a company that values and supports our team members. The value we place in our team members is reflected in the exceptional care provided to our clients. That is why we are among the most respected providers of in-home care in central Indiana. If you’d like to learn more about joining our team, click this link.