Is money the only motivation at work?
Aladdin Equipment, a Sarasota, Florida, maker of pool and spa replacement parts, achieved a 50 percent reduction in absenteeism and a 10 percent increase in productivity after it launched a 4 1/2-day-a-week production schedule. Today, fewer people say that expensive cars, designer clothes, pleasure trips, and 'gold' credit card are necessary components of a happy life. Instead, they put value on nonmaterial accomplishments, such as having control of their lives and being able to take a day off when they want. Dual-career families have a poverty of time, with few hours to do anything but work and commute to work, handle family situations, do housework, shop, sleep, and eat. Of the people who say they don't have enough time, only 33 percent said they were happy with their lives. These days, 39 percent of Americans often spend leisure time getting ready for work. It seems that casual Fridays and home offices are further blurring the boundaries between work and leisure. A recent survey noted that the leisure activity done most often was to spend time with the family. There is little doubt that the value employees place on time versus money will continue to shift in favor of time. Thus more employers have to offer time off as an incentive like the example cited in the first paragraph of the article. Therefore, regardless of money a person earns, many other aspects of owning a job matters. For example, in the fields of psychology, a sense of community can be obtained from a job, especially from a good team work or job group. According to some psychological research, job performance, company performance, product value and customer satisfaction all improve when people in the same department or work group begin supporting and assisting each other and emphasize cooperation instead of competition, which can be explained by the effect of sense of community. The bottom line: the money a person acquired is not the most significant motivation at workplace in this modern society.