The 3 Things Employees Really Want: Career, Community, Cause

Over the years, there has been an ongoing discussion about our needs, as employees, as consumers, as members of social groups etc. Obviously, as long as things change, so does our hierarchy of needs. According to Harvard Business Review what motivates employees today is all about career- community and cause.

Career is about work: having a job that provides autonomy, allows you to use your strengths, and promotes your learning and development. It’s at the heart of intrinsic motivation.

Community is about people: feeling respected, cared about, and recognized by others. It drives our sense of connection and belongingness.

Cause is about purpose: feeling that you make a meaningful impact, identifying with the organization’s mission, and believing that it does some good in the world. It’s a source of pride.

A recent research on the subject, uncovered slight differences per age group- but in all of them all three( cause- community- career) a very important.

Additionally, research based on location showed great similarities among groups.

Finally, depending on the business function priorities change, but again, the triplet remains very significant.


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