THAT was amazing! I suddenly realize why I’ve been so unhappy at work since I got a new supervisor – Even Though he got me a nice big raise. He’s a micro-manager and a control freak. Before, when I used to decide how the software worked, and what features went in, and what the release schedule was, I was very happy/satisfied with my job. I spent a LOT of time thinking about how to improve the software. Now, my day is locked down – I have virtually no creative license, and EVERY move is strictly controlled. And I’ve never been more miserable in a job.
One interesting side note is that shortly after I got my new supervisor I turned to electronics as a hobby at home. Now I know that I HAD to fill in the self-direction, creativity, and mastery I was missing at work.
Interesting presentation/analysis that I suspect a lot of people in electronics can relate to. Money is definately important up to the point where it’s no longer an issue in your day to day life (you earn enough to buy what you want within reason, put a bit away every month, etc.), but autonomy, creative feedback, and ownership are definately just as important or even more important once basic monetary needs are met.
In some ways, money is the easiest problem to solve in a financially stable company, and you can always attract good people with good salaries. You’ll only keep them, though, if you can offer something more than that, and the people who are only staying for the money may be exactly the kind of people you don’t want to have around or want to work next to.
Refreshing to see this presented in such an accessible, easy to understand way. Everyone instinctively relates to the points made in one way or another, but it’s helpful to connect all the dots and show some solid research behind that intuition.