In thinking ahead about employee values pertaining to their job, I began to ask myself what would be an ideal job? Of course, the easy answer is “It would be different for everyone”. Some want money, some want power, some want stability and benefits. But on a deeper level, self fulfillment, self accomplishment, and pleasure is what everyone ultimately wants from their everyday life.
Knowing this, if you are accomplishing things at work then you will probably feel happy. If you do not feel accomplished, you might search for pleasure to feel happy. For example, going to free dinners on the company budget to socialize and have a good laugh can be considered pleasure and thus happiness.
In getting to the main point, if an employee enjoys their work and their accomplishments make them happy, there would be less of a need to throw company budget into numerous fancy dinners just to entertain and keep employees feeling happy about what they do for a living.
Now I’m not sure if anything I’ve written here is specifically positive or negative but it affects designers and developers alike. The ones who get to do what they love will always be more easily satisfied with their job, perform better, and ultimately it cost less for a company in the maintenance of employee satisfaction…or so it seems…….maybe my view will change in a few years down the long working road…