Groundbreaking research conducted by WorkProud, an organization with a comprehensive approach to building company cultures that inspire people, just revealed an unexplored – yet critical – driver of employee performance: Pride. When employees take pride in their work or feel pride about their employers, their behaviors lead to positive workplace outcomes.
The WorkProud study revealed that:
- The pride one has in their job fuels discretionary effort and the willingness to go the extra mile.
- Pride is essential to employees feeling more energized in the workplace.
- Pride in one’s workplace increases morale and causes people to feel positive about being part of the larger team.
- Pride causes people to feel they are doing something that makes a difference in their own life, as well as for the greater good.
According to Michael Levy, CEO of WorkProud, “The results from this study are irrefutable: no matter how much monetary incentive you provide to employees, if you do not put in the due diligence to address non-monetary, intrinsic drivers such as pride and engagement, the goal of a high-performing business culture will remain elusive.”
The study also revealed that:
- Pride increases employee engagement and is one of the most significant influences on the overall employee experience.
- Building individual and company pride is critical in driving productivity.
- Attracting and retaining talent is influenced by workplace pride.
- Pride is not significantly influenced by remote vs. on-site working arrangements, gender, age, industry.
- Recognition is the jet fuel behind workplace pride.
If an effort to create an inspired workplace, where employees feel pride in their work and company, here are some tips for leaders from WorkProud:
- RECOGNITION – Modify your recognition program to ensure it aligns with and celebrates individual, team, and company results.
- EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATION – Raise employees’ awareness of the link between their contributions, and the impact it has in the Company and the broader community.
- MINDFUL REFLECTION – Ask employees and managers to reflect on their successes, and encourage team debriefings to include recognition, learnings, and feedback loops.
- ALIGNMENT – Review your internal-facing programs through a lens of employee pride. Are the programs (i.e., wellness, training, onboarding, etc.) helping to make employees feel proud of their work and proud of their company?
To explore WorkProud’s culture solutions, which will help you pivot away from individual tactical programs in favor of strategically aligned approaches (resulting in a culture where employees are “Proud of Their Work and Proud of Their Company”) click here.
Building an inspired workplace culture is neither costly nor difficult. Often the budgets – though they may be misaligned – are already in place. Therefore, it’s simply about re-aligning your budget and existing programs around an inspired workplace theme. Straightforward and priceless.