Factors of Engagement: 9. Salary & Benefits

Salary and benefits are determining factors for employee engagement and job satisfaction. An employee expects the salary to cover the basic costs of living, provide space for savings or recreation and that an upward trend is possible. Work benefits can include various non-monetary ways of compensation. Employers are increasingly adapting benefits to the changing needs of their staff, for example by paying more attention to training and a healthy work-life balance.

They are one of the 15 drivers in the scientific Employee Happiness Model®.

Improve employee engagement through drivers

It is important to gain insight into what makes your employees enthusiastic, happy and productive. What are their motives? You can find this out by scanning the 15 factors of engagement. But you can never turn change everything at once. So first focus on the theme where you think the most impact can be achieved simply or quickly!

More than 60% of workers would take a lower-wage job for better benifits

(Zenefits, 2018)

Employee Happiness Model > theme work > salary & benefits

Together with the drivers Appreciation, Training & Development, and Intrinsic Motivation, Salary & Benefits form the theme ‘Work’ in the Employee Happiness Model and the measuring method of 2DAYSMOOD.

This theme is about what an organization can offer to the employee in exchange for their work and the dedication they contributes to the overall performance of the organization. This may concern intrinsic factors (e.g. appreciation) and extrinsic factors (e.g. monetary). By finding out how employees think about the four drivers in this theme, you will discover how they get satisfaction from their work and how you can (continue to) motivate them.

The EHM consists of four themes: Organization, People, Work and Wellbeing. Curious about the other themes and drivers? Download the whitepaper


Checklist: how do salary & benefits influence employee engagement?

Positive influences on employee engagement

  • Clarity about the salary scheme and the scales
  • Possibility to participate in the success of the organization (for example through a bonus system, shares or a flexible salary)
  • Benefits that contribute to a healthy work-life balance

Negative influences on employee engagement

  • Lack of overview of salary and benefits
  • Special benefits for top managers and / or other positions in the organization
  • Positive discrimination in the dissemination of working conditions

How do your employees think about this? Ask them! Or do an online satisfaction measurement on salary & benefits and other motivations.

Why (HR) directors investigate the 15 drivers

You can see the 15 drivers in the Employee Happiness Model as measurable factors that have a negative or positive impact on employee happiness and involvement. By increasing satisfaction with these factors, you can improve stress, vitality, productivity and employee turnover!

In your own organization or team you can monitor the status of the drivers, quickly and easily, by using our realtime measuring method and 15 second survey. In this way, you will discover through a smart analysis of satisfaction and importance, where you can take specific and data-driven action.

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