Employee motivation isn’t very hard to get right, but, unfortunately, many companies are still stuck in the past.
It’s not all about money. People have an innate desire to grow, learn, and make a real difference in the world. If companies were smart, they’d work to create the type of environment that allows for that continuous development to occur.
Dan Pink’s famous TED talk on motivation is one of the most powerful pieces of research on what really motivates employees.