Here’s an idea on how to motivate employees to do their jobs:Tell them that their efforts make a difference.

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More specifically, tell them how their work helps the companymake money.

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Related: Millennials approach jobs asconsumers

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And yet, according to a new poll of 1,000 U.S. workers by MenloPark, California-based Robert Half, an employment staffing company,only a slim majority (53 percent) say they would like to gaingreater insight into how their work impacts their employer’s bottomline.

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Forty-seven percent of workers say they did not want moreinsight, apparently content with whatever knowledge, or lackthereof, they’re currently operating with.

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Young employees were more likely to signal an interest ingaining greater insight. Sixty-four percent of millennials say they wouldlike to know more, compared to 51 percent of Gen Xers and 46percent of baby boomers.

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That could be because older employees, who tend to be higher upin the company, are more likely to understand their impact oncompany finances and do not feel they need further insight on thematter, explains Tim Hird, executive director of Robert HalfManagement Resources, in an email to BenefitsPRO.

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Indeed, the survey shows that only 44 percent of millennials says they arealways able to see the connection between their labor and companyprofits, compared to 59 percent of boomers. Inexplicably, Gen Xerswere the least likely (38 percent) to say they always view theconnection.

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Overall, 39 percent of employees say they are sometimes able tosee the connection, 9 percent say they see it only rarely, and 5percent say they are never able to perceive a link between theirlabor and the company’s overall performance.

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In another statistical quirk, only 6 percent of millennials say“rarely” or “never,” compared to 19 percent of Gen Xers and 17percent of boomers.

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Hird concedes that some employees may not recognize the value ofunderstanding the link between their work and the company’ssuccess, but says that it is the duty of the employer to help themsee the link and appreciate it.

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“When people have a thorough understanding of how their jobaffects the company’s bottom line, they can make better decisionsand come up with new ways to help the business grow,” he says.“This also can give them a stronger bond to the organization andgreater job satisfaction.”

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