The other day I read that twitter thread from Paul Graham on learnings:
What has your work taught you that other people don't realize?— Paul Graham (@paulg) January 10, 2020
One of the comment was pretty enlightening.
We all have heard of Maslow’s Pyramid. It’s a simple and effective way to understand human psychology.
As a Software engineer, you then forget about it because human psychology is not exactly core to the job. Or is it ?
Where it becomes really interesting is when you apply it to yourself vis-a-vis your job. What’s your motivation? What can explain your ups and downs there?
We’ve all seen seemingly-happy colleagues quit. And this refresher gave me a framework to understand why they quit.
Is it for money 💰- or physiological needs ? (witnessed that a couple times : usually a swing of 10k€ per year gross is enough)
Is it for lack of safety 😱 ? (saw some of that in my time in the incubator)
Is it for lack of belonging or esteem 💖 - or psychological needs ?
Is it for lack of self fulfillment ?
|Physiological needs||Paying Market rate, Nice Office|
|Safety needs||Business plan, Investment rounds, Transparent comms|
|Belongingness and love needs||Company culture, Team fit, Friday beers, Lunch roulettes|
|Esteem needs||Clear team roles, Regular public recognition, Reward for performance|
|Self-actualization needs||Company mission, the rest is on the employee|