I love being challenged, having fun with intelligent, hard-working, creative people, and learning new trades and skills. Rewards are nice, but for me, rewards without those things are short-lived when it comes to remaining invested in my job.
There are numerous studies on this topic, but they all center around a few things:
- People want to feel like they matter. They want to be noticed, valued, and appreciated for what they do. Does anyone even care that I am here?
- They want work that is challenging and that they can manage. I want to feel competent and confident in the work that I do.
- They want to feel like they are a part of the team. I like my team, they feel like my family.
- They want their basic needs to be met, like pay and safety; however, there is a little more than that. They want the opportunity to self-actualize. I want to work at my best!
In addition to the basics, people are as unique as their thumb prints. So, different things will ignite the fire in the belly for each person. Find out what works for you and chase after it!