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Meaning is the most important motivational factor in employee experience

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2016 11:12:59 AM / by Matti Airas posted in employee engagement, employee pulse, employee survey, HR management, employee motivation, employee experience

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Competition for the best talent is going global, and Europe is starting to lag behind other markets. With Asian and US corporations trying to recruit their best brains away, European companies must find a way to fend off this trend and keep these invaluable human resources at home. Salary level is usually the first thing that come to mind when faced with this issue, but it is almost impossible to compete with the world’s largest companies in this area.

Luckily, it is becoming more and more clear that money is not the number one priority for workers. Studies indicate what I have known for a long time: meaningful employee experience is the most powerful motivational driver at work. In the US, for example, studies completed yearly by Gallup have found that up to 70% of employees are not engaged at work. Something is missing from their work, and that something is not money.

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Annual Employee Pulse Needs To Go Real-time

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2015 11:53:00 AM / by Matti Airas posted in employee engagement, employee pulse, employee survey, HR management

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A week ago I wrote a blog about the annual employee performance review and what will replace it. This week I had to continue on the same lines with another employee related process that has way outlived its benefits. I am not sure it ever made much sense. That process is the annual employee pulse or annual employee survey.

As some of you might know I used to work in Nokia. They conducted annually a long-form strutured survey related to employee motivation, issues, compensation etc. The response rate was high and many months later the results were presented. 

"Average employee work satisfaction has gone down from 3.6 to 3.4".

What does that mean and what should the manager do with it?

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