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  • Sachi Kobayashi

    This is so true, especially for startups. Morale was down at the first startup I worked at, so the owner started buying snacks every week. It was nice, but it didn't really help, so he asked us if achievement-based bonuses would help. The entire staff declined, much to his surprise. A coworker tried to explain to him that money wasn't the most important thing to us, but he didn't understand. Mostly, we wanted responsive, fair, and honest management.

    "5. Stay off employees' social media accounts."
    This was a problem from day one at my last company. Should have been a red flag warning for me from the beginning.

    • Sue Li

      Wow. Thanks for sharing your experience, Sachi! I guess monetary compensation only matters up to a certain extent (as pointed out in the Dan Pink video), but it's definitely not everything. More often than not, management and leadership styles are such important factors in how much people enjoying their jobs. It's critical to me.

      To the point about staying off employees' social media accounts....It's difficult to know where to draw the line, since we live in a social media world today. I don't mind if colleagues checks out my social media as long as they understand that I'm not my job 24/7 and they don't judge me in a professional setting on things I choose to do personally.

    • Sue Li

      Loved the video! You're right, Craig....The video hits more on what we look for intrinsically on what motivates us to work harder. The article also aims to make that point, but focuses more on ways managers can do their jobs to help us feel appreciated and encouraged, rather than the core motivation factors shown on the video. Thanks for sharing and commenting, Craig!