The Des Moines Register released its annual report on the best employers and work places in the state and while it is always interesting to see which companies make the list (Edward Jones won for best large company) what is even more interesting is what criteria employees feel most strongly about when it comes to their feelings about their work place.
The research company that the Register uses for the annual survey indicates that, to some people's surprise, salary and benefits aren't the most important criteria on the list when it comes to employee satisfaction. It makes the list, but is behind other factors like feeling like their company is going the right direction, feeling appreciated by their boss and feeling like the work they do is meaningful.
As someone who is a supervisor in my full time position, I find these results encouraging. I want my staff to feel valued and content, as much as is possible, in their work life but I don't have any say over pay and benefits at my employer. But I can try to make sure people feel valued and that their work is meaningful and it is a good reminder to make sure I take the time to tell my staff that.
What do you think? What is the most important part of the equation for you in terms of work happiness?