By Spencer Yarnell Head of Spreading the Herd Word
1. Proper compensation – The moment you realize you’re working for pennies is when you stop working. (but I guess these days pennies will be more valuable since they aren’t going to exist forever..)
2. Life after 5 – People who work constantly can burn out, and occasionally be less interesting to talk to. Okay so I value water cooler conversation. Whatever.
3. Enjoyment/Tolerance of the work – Doesn’t matter what you’re getting paid, if you hate it, you won’t do as good a job in the long run.
4. Specific, measurable, attainable goals and/or responsibilities (The more specific the better) – Ever tried to ‘be better’ in general? How’d that work out for you?
5. A sense of unique value – It’s why bands with more than one singer don’t work out as often as bands with one singer. When everyone has their own instrument it’s clear that everyone adds their own unique value. Being valued is nice.
6. Equipment/Resources – Because building the Egyptian pyramids without modern day equipment would stink.
7. Good Health (Mind and body) – No jokes, its hard to get focused on work if you have lots of sick days/are worried about your health/ suffering from mental illness especially.
8. A Vision – People have to see that doing good work for your company right now is contributing to a future they want.
If you’re a manager notice two things here; the factors you personally have control over and the factors you don’t. You can give an employee all the best in what you control and they can still fail to produce. It’s not always your fault. In general my bet is #8 is what ruins the most well-equipped employees.
Think about this when evaluating an employee’s performance next time.