by Glenn Leibowitz

You might have seen the Gallup statistics that show that one out of two workers say they are “not engaged” with their job, while another 17 percent say they are “actively disengaged.”

Even if you haven’t seen these numbers, evidence of employee disengagement often stares you right in the face in the form of those farewell emails that pop-up in your inbox each week.

Everyone leaves their employer for a different reason, of course, and the reasons for quitting are often multifaceted and complicated. But rather than do an inventory of all the possible reasons why someone would leave their company, why not instead look at the reasons people stay?

Beyond the money–important as that is–what motivates someone to invest so much of herself into her job and her company; gives her a sense of professional and personal fulfillment; and makes her want to stick around?

Here are six things that people are really looking for from their job:

  1. Meaning
  2. Challenge
  3. Autonomy
  4. Visibility
  5. Equity
  6. Authenticity

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