Your employees don't need to be happy for your company to grow

Stop trying to make your employees happy.

Enjoying an ice-cream on a hot day makes people happy - but it does not make them want to work harder, nor enjoy their work. Also, nobody (with a sound mind) will feel happy every single day.

If feeling happiness is irrelevant and inconsistent, how do you ensure your employees are motivated to drive consistent business growth?

Growth is achieved when your employees give a sh*t

Employees are motivated to do better work when they have an emotional commitment to the organisation and its goals.

In other words, when they care.

"When employees care more, they are more productive, give better service, and even stay in their jobs longer. All of that leads to happier customers, who buy more and refer more often, which drives sales and profits higher, finally resulting in an increase in stock price." - Kevin Kruse, Forbes

Unlike trying to induce happiness, you can actually get employees to care by keeping them motivated. And this motivation will keep them working better - even if they're not on cloud nine all the time.

What else motivates people besides money?

Besides a pay raise (which is not always possible/effective), here's what Glassdoor found on top things valued by employees surveyed:

1) Unexpected treats and rewards: 46%

2) Company-wide recognition: 35%

3) Working with other colleagues/depts: 20%

Ultimately, we're all humans who want to feel valued - especially at work where we spend most of our time. And showing that recognition consistently has worked for companies to grow their business.

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Employees work hardest when recognised

"Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They're just more engaged at work" - Tom Rath, Author of StrengthsFinder

This Glassdoor survey shows that four in five (81%) employees report they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work. Way higher than the 38% of employees who say they’re motivated to work harder when their boss is demanding or the 37% of employees who say they’re motivated to work harder because they fear losing their job.

Successful businesses are built by motivated employees

Recognising employees consistently results in higher employee engagement and business value.

Comparing 23,910 business units, the top quartile in engagement scores achieved 12% higher profitability.

(Source: Gallup Q12 Meta-Analysis, Gallup)

Great Businesses Are Built By Motivated Employees

Let the numbers show how much more business value is achieved when companies are consistent in recognising employees:


Higher Company Productivity

- Deloitte


Lower Turnover Costs

- Glassdoor


Higher Shareholder Value

- Kenexa