The 3 things employees really want: career, community, cause

Updated: Mar 20, 2019



I read this article this morning and it really resonated with me for so many reasons. https://hbr.org/2018/02/people-want-3-things-from-work-but-most-companies-are-built-around-only-one


Facebook have surveyed employees annually for years and across position types, generations and locations they have found that there are 3 employees really want: Career, Community & Cause. They describe this as the What, the Who and the Why of work.

It's so simple!


Career is about work: having a job that provides autonomy, allows you to use your strengths, and promotes your learning and development. It’s at the heart of intrinsic motivation.


Community is about people: feeling respected, cared about, and recognized by others. It drives our sense of connection and belongingness.


Cause is about purpose: feeling that you make a meaningful impact, identifying with the organization’s mission, and believing that it does some good in the world. It’s a source of pride.


These three buckets make up what’s called the psychological contract – the unwritten expectations and obligations between employees and employers. When that contract is fulfilled, people bring their whole selves to work. But when it’s breached, people become less satisfied and committed. They contribute less. They perform worse."


I believe this all starts with the WHY. The organisation culture which is defined by the Purpose (cause), the Vision, the Values, the Risk Appetite and Governance. Together these elements create the environment that will attract, retain, motivate, satisfy and engage your employees ... or not.


Understanding your culture is important to identify the strategies (the HOW) needed to drive better results (the WHAT).


A culture assessment starts with a culture audit, a values alignment & fulfilment assessment, leadership interviews and employee focus groups. The culture report will highlight areas of misalignment with your desired culture and allow you to prioritise resources and activity to refocus.


HENRY REED are very excited to have exclusive use of a new tool that measures values alignment and fulfilment across organisations in real time. Please contact me if you would like a demonstration.


To arrange a culture assessment contact HENRY REED on 1300 266 995 or email: admin@henryreed.com.au


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