Increasing employee engagement is a priority for most companies.
That’s because having a workforce devoid of enthusiasm can come at a steep price: lost productivity, absenteeism, workplace accidents, increased health care costs and high turnover.
As most HR professionals know, it’s difficult to motivate employees.
Rewards-punishment systems are popular, but they aren’t the best motivators once an employee’s basic needs are covered. Instead, social and psychological research has shown that intrinsic motivation—deriving joy from the task itself—is a key factor in motivating humans.