It’s not about the perks
We are always investigating what makes a great workplace, and the findings are fascinating. We’ve found that the same things that tend to drive the long term health of the company are what employees want. In short – it’s not about the perks.
What really motivates employees is feeling they are part of a company that is going places. This means an organization that:
- Sets a clear direction for its future and how it conducts itself
- Executes well and has a culture of high performance
- Creates a strong connection between employees and the company by showing appreciation and by bringing meaning to work
Statistically this provides the strongest correlation with positive employees. It also underpins the long-term performance of the company – we have found that healthy companies tend to outperform.
“Nap rooms and gourmet coffee are nice to have, but they don’t inspire people in the workplace”
So what about the perks? They do have some impact, but it’s relatively transient. Nap rooms and gourmet coffee are nice to have, but they don’t inspire people in the workplace. In some instances we have even seen this backfire where the company is trying to “buy” people’s goodwill while failing to provide the core elements of direction, execution and connection.