Why Some Managers Don't Motivate Employees

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-17-2016 Email

A significant share of employees do not feel very engaged at work, according to a recent survey from Appirio. The resulting report, "The Human Touch for Tech Talent: Employee Retention Could Be as Simple as 'Thank You,'" sheds light on how "bad bosses" fall short in motivating employees. Many managers fail to give credit where credit is due, for example, and others aren't good about helping their staffers advance in their careers. As for the qualities workers look for in a boss? Think beyond promotions and raises because workers also want appreciation for strong performance, along with a sense that their managers "have their back" when the going gets rough. "While companies may try to lure prime candidates with outlandish perks, generous bonus structures and overinflated salaries, what workers actually want may be much simpler—and considerably less expensive," according to the report. "It is accepted that workers leave managers, not companies, and they choose to accept jobs for managers, too. While leaders may assume pay and career pathing are the most important issues a candidate examines when evaluating an offer, workers are far more concerned with more intangible benefits." More than 655 employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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