Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and employee engagement in Australia

Maslow and employee engagement

When we think about employee engagement, many of us think it’s one of those ‘nice to have’ things, that doesn’t have any significant tangible impact. However, according to Gallup and other sources, engagement has some startling effects on a number of different performance and productivity metrics. Gallup’s 2012 meta-analysis found that levels of employee engagement had the following effects on … Read More

How can you really know what your employees want?

Tug of war

If you studied Economics in High School or University, you’ll recall Karl Marx, who believed that capitalism was fundamentally flawed, and that the people who worked for capitalists were inherently oppressed. Working on repetitive tasks was, he believed, dehumanising – it disconnected people from the fruits of their labours and made them little more than cogs in a machine. It … Read More

7 things employees really want from Australia’s top employers

What employees really want: mother working from home with daughter

Last week, we took a look at LinkedIn’s new Top Attractors list, that lists the top employers across the world and in various countries, including Australia. Many of the factors mentioned by the top Australian employers quite clearly reflect what we already know about the ‘intangibles’ that employees really want at work, such as: Flexibility Meaning and purpose Opportunities for … Read More

What are your teams crazily obsessed about?

dog with a ball

Creator of Dropbox Drew Houston was recently interviewed by the New York Times. One of the questions he was asked was: What’s your advice to new college grads? Here’s his answer: “I did the commencement speech for M.I.T. in 2013. I said that if I had a cheat sheet that I could give myself at 22, it would have three … Read More