Harvard Business School has a newsletter with an interesting article Why Your Employees Are Losing Motivation. This particularly stood out:
To maintain the enthusiasm employees bring to their jobs initially, management must understand the three sets of goals that the great majority of workers seek from their work - and then satisfy those goals:
- Equity: To be respected and to be treated fairly in areas such as pay, benefits, and job security.
- Achievement: To be proud of one's job, accomplishments, and employer.
- Camaraderie: To have good, productive relationships with fellow employees.
To maintain an enthusiastic workforce, management must meet all three goals. Indeed, employees who work for companies where just one of these factors is missing are three times less enthusiastic than workers at companies where all elements are present.
The entire article is informative and worth a read. It seems to gel nicely with the three things I realise that I'm looking for in a job:
Frustratingly, despite having a consistent idea of what I want, I've not done very well in finding it. Please don't depress me by telling me that it doesn't exist.