Nathan had some time to think this one over. Giving people more money wasn’t the answer. Compensation is necessary, but seldom a driving force for performance.
“I guess I would have to find out what people really want from their job,” Nathan answered.
“And how would you find that out?” I asked.
“Sometimes, our company puts out an employee survey.”
“And how helpful is that survey to you as a manager?”
Nathan grinned. “Not really helpful at all. The wording on the survey is usually very generic and heck, I don’t even know if the responses are from my team members or someone else’s team.”
“So, how would you find out?” I repeated.
“I guess I would have to just ask them,” Nathan finally concluded.
“All at once, or one at a time?”
“I don’t know, it is kind of a strange topic. I can’t ever remember any of my bosses ever asking me what I wanted out of my job. Maybe I should tackle this one on one.”
“Good,” I nodded. “Now let’s think about what that conversation would sound like.”