Engineers and motivation

Motivation is one of the many subjects we discussed at the recent 1 Day Mini MBA event in Sydney. The list below is interesting because it dovetails into the discussion we had concerning motivational factors versus what Dr Herzberg refers to as hygiene factors (which can only serve to demotivate).

Most managers don’t understand the difference between simple concepts like this which is why they can be so ineffective as so-called leaders, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Today, I wanted to share with you a recent poll done by The Australia Wide Personnel group on LinkedIn.

Here is how engineering candidates ranked the 7 most important factors when considering a new job that was sent to me by Ray Keefe, one of our multi-award winning clients (and an engineer).

TheĀ  7 most important factors engineers consider
when assessing a new job offer

  1. Work which requires imagination
  2. Challenge of the role
  3. Work environment
  4. Salary & benefits
  5. Employer’s reputation
  6. Flexible work arrangements
  7. Location

What do you think of the list?

Is it accurate or just what researchers want to hear?

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