By East Apthorp
East Apthorp is the Marketing Director for AchieveGlobal. During her 15 years with the company, East has contributed to numerous successful initiatives related to the company’s marketing efforts, including strategic planning, research development, product launches, and market positioning. She joins the blog as a new contributor and shares her perspective on work-life balance.
With the recent waves of winter weather that blanketed the country, it’s been easy these days to understand that many people who work in the corporate world are driven by dreams of time away from work: time perhaps when we can enjoy warmer, or cooler climes.
Each month, AchieveGlobal hosts an online poll through our eNewsletter, Achieve. In December last year, our survey asked, “What’s your favorite part of the end of the corporate year?” Many of those who participated in the poll said that their favorite part of the end of the work year was going on vacation and recharging their batteries. On the other hand, more than a quarter of respondents said they enjoyed planning for a productive 2014, while another 24 percent said their favorite part of year-end was promoting and rewarding people for their performance.
The results of our poll remind us of the importance of the work-life balance. We work hard, knowing that often work is rewarded by chances to enjoy some down time. But also for many people who love their work, sometimes the reward of working hard, is working hard itself. Even more encouraging: we also enjoy rewarding the hard work of others!
This brings to mind our seminal study that points to intrinsic, rather than extrinsic rewards as the secret to motivating employees. While the traditional incentive and reward programs often have limited success, if we can link organizational goals to internal motivation and psychological needs, then we tend to build a workforce that’s more engaged in its attitude toward work.
The findings of our survey also offer a reminder of our list of 11 Things That Make Workers Happy, including among others:
- Striking the right work-life balance
- Providing an environment where promotion and advancement are encouraged and possible
- Creating an environment where internal motivation is encouraged and facilitated.
Why do these things matter? Understand what matters most to employees as they reflect on the past year and look forward to the next, and we gain some understanding of what gives them a sense of fulfillment. And after all, happy employees make a productive workforce.
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