See how well you understand your workers

 By Daniel Abramson, HRSource

In a recent survey conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), employees around the country were asked to cite the top 10 motivational factors that promote job satisfaction and “what’s important to them” in the workplace.

I invite you to take the short, two-minute quiz below to see how your answers compare to the employees’ responses. Rank each statement from 1 to 10 in importance, with 1 being the most critical. You might be surprised!

Finished? Here are the actual results of the employee poll:

Now here’s my take on what the results mean:

Money may make the world go round, but for your employees it’s only part of the puzzle. In this study, money and compensation are ranked fifth out of the 10 factors cited. 

Don’t get me wrong, compensation is always important and must be in range. However, the way a person feels and is treated at work is equally important.

Here’s something else to consider: Culture, chemistry and vibe. These are the character and personality of your retail store. It’s what makes your appliance, furniture and/or bedding business unique, and is the sum of your company’s values, traditions, beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes.

A positive workplace culture attracts talent, drives engagement, impacts happiness, promotes performance, and generates referrals.

Now here are the seven elements of a great culture, chemistry and vibe.

1. Everyone understands how they contribute.

2. Employees are encouraged to learn and grow.

3. Everyone can be themselves.

4. Corporate speak and “blah blah” is minimal.

5. People have fun at work.

6. Teamwork happens.

7. Recognition also happens, because managers catch people doing things right rather than wrong.

The survey results reflect a shift in what is most important to employees today. Regardless of industry or company size, employees of all ages and backgrounds are seeking more than a steady paycheck and a dental plan. They want to have an impact and they want that impact to be acknowledged.

Note:  In the past two years since COVID rocked the world, the way people view work and life has changed dramatically. And speaking of work and life, what’s become more pressing than ever is the need to balance the two.

Daniel Abramson is Managing Lead of HRSource, a comprehensive collection of customized employment tools and turnkey solutions exclusive to BrandSource members. For more information, contact Daniel at (540) 535-8484 or