Employers spend a lot of time and energy striving for engaged workers, the kind of employees who are happy, productive, and devoted to their jobs. But finding ways to recruit and retain those employees takes understanding what workers value most from an employer, and that gets complicated. Some employers emphasize their commitment to flexibility and work-life balance as a way to give employees what they want. Others hope to win workers’ hearts with perks such as free lunches, game rooms, innovative office design, and the latest technology.
So the answer to the question “What do employees want?” likely differs depending on individual situations, but at least one recent study points to a basic need—money.