Most of the time, our automatic answer to the question of what will make employees happier is “money!” That’s what all employees want, isn’t it? More money and better benefits?
While money is a necessary and important part of the employee satisfaction equation, study after study of what makes an employee happy often has money far from the top of the list. If you give more money to an unhappy employee, you only have an unhappy employee who is wealthier than before. So, what is most important?