Poll: Money is the best employee incentive

Ragan readers voted, and nearly half said money is their top motivator in the workplace. But if they can’t get a raise, they would like time off.

We all want to work hard at our jobs, but sometimes a little extra motivation is nice.

Most employers try to come up with ways to motivate and inspire their employees, but not all of their ideas are good ones. In a recent LinkedIn poll, we went straight to the source and asked Ragan readers what motivates them most in the workplace. About 900 people participated in the poll.

Unsurprisingly, almost half (46 percent) of respondents said money is their top incentive. Time off ranked second (24 percent), followed by travel to cool places on the company dime (13 percent), and merchandise (1 percent).

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