There is a typical belief that having a swanky office, with facilities such as fuse ball, table tennis, lavish food spread, and other such facilities is a reflection of engaging and happy workplace. But is this what is needed to engage your workforce?
Engaged workplace is not about swanky office and other office facilities. Employees that get attracted towards these are ignoring the intrinsic value a startup can bring to their careers. For founders, it is about being connected with your employee at mental and emotional level, which simply means giving them work which keeps them engaged.
Employee’s primary need is not a swanky office or facilities, these are good to have things. What they need is work that is motivating and inspiring, work that helps them feel connected to the organization and the larger purpose of their own life. None of this is comes from swanky office or amenities. Engagement at work comes from having motivated employees, which in turn comes from autonomy, mastery, and purpose. This has been proven scientifically by Daniel Pink in his book Drive. As per his research the modern workforce needs autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives, mastery – the urge to get better and better at something that matters, and purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. These are the core ingredients that lead an employee to be engaged, motivated and happy at a workplace.