Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath have recently published the results of their research via this article.
What they discovered was that people feel better and perform better and more sustainably when four basic needs are met: renewal (physical); value (emotional), focus (mental) and purpose (spiritual). The survey’s results show how dramatically and positively getting these needs met is correlated with every variable that influences performance.
Sharing the results of the survey Tony says:
It would be statistically significant if meeting a given need correlated with a rise of even one or two percentage points in a performance variable such as engagement, or retention. Instead, we found that meeting even one of the four core needs had a dramatic impact on every performance variable we studied.
The data seems to show that companies should invest in meeting as many of their employees’ core needs as possible, in order to bring the best of themselves to work, which can increase engagement and retention leading to improved profitability.
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