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Achieving engagement requires the fulfillment of basic human needs

When crafting and implementing an employee rewards and recognition program, companies will want to make sure they're checking off staff member needs to create an engaged workforce.

When crafting and implementing an employee rewards and recognition program, companies will want to make sure they're checking off staff member needs to create an engaged workforce.

In a recent article for Business 2 Community, business strategist and management consultant Maz Iqbal bases his understanding of spurring engagement in workers on the fundamental needs of humans in general, apart from basic survival.

These basic requirements include believing in something and having hope for the future, attachment, belonging, being heard and having the opportunity for self-expression and achievement, Iqbal asserts. While these needs may sound more like something from a psychology book, Iqbal claims they should be on all companies' HR radar.

"No human being wishes to see himself or relate to himself merely as a resource or a tool at the command of another," Iqbal explains. "Each of us has a deep need to live a life that matters. And to be in an empathic relationship with our fellow human beings."

Some of these needs may be valued higher by some offices or fulfilled in different ways for employees. Businesses can consult with experts to create a rewards program that meets them.

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