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The Philips Work/Life Survey examined key factors of Americans’ job happiness, with a particular focus on their ability to bring personal interests
Work is about so much more than money. Most of the ways we compensate and even THINK about employees and work is wrong or vastly outdated says this infographic and Daniel Pink's excellent Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (great book). http://www.danpink.com/books/drive
Why are we so wrong? Pink notes that 30% of the humans are "mercenary" or interested and motivated mainly by gains for themselves. The vast majority of people believe in the "greater good theory", that doing the right thing is not only the right thing to do but brings some karmic balance. If the majority of people want to do the right thing why are most of our compensation systems grounded in the whip, gun and chair approach assuming people do what they are told, that people are animals without free will. Not so much as it turns out and as this great infographic illuminates. We work for connection, meaning and relevance. Most of the people reading this post are Internet marketers, a group who will have more work than they can handle for twenty years. The web is such a complex and evolving thing rapidly becoming mission critical to every company that those who understand it, to the extent it is understandable, work NOT for money as much as for other benefits such as meaning, appreciation and relevance. We are SOCIAL and find the most meaningful values of our work in the connections our work creates. If we ever doubted the importance of connection social media is reminding us in a big way. The challenge is to redesign work because every band and company exists mostly in the minds of its employees. The line between how employees feel and think about their employer and "branding" or "reputation" is becomes thinner and thinner by the day. Companies must create themselves in the minds of their team daily and so each member of the team must create themselves too. No one creates anything alone anymore, so if you are a President or CEO or CIO or CMO ask yourself the hard question - is your company winning the hearts and minds of your employees AND your customers? You need both to win these days and any brand, company or product is only as strong as their weakest link.
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