Having motivated employees and allowing them to attain “the set goals” seem to be the two main priorities for the HR agenda. I partly agree on that. Why? I think that the motivation and the goals are important, but we must remember the power of expectations.
The expectations are created by a match (or mismatch) of what the individual expects about his/her work (tasks, work environment, compensation) and what the reality is.
An example? If I expect that my organization has a planned a long-term project for me, I’ll be motivated to attain my goals to develop my career as fast as I can. Then, if the promised development plan will not take place, I’d decide to leave the organization.
Our expectations are the fundamental guide for our attitude and behavior at work!