What makes people great at work?

Answering this question even half-decently in your organization may lead to an impressive performance increase. Here is my take on that: The most satisfactory factor is getting results by using one's skills. This is to be compounded by: * recognition for a job well done (especially by knowledgeable peers, and optionally boss) * tackling a challenge that was not too stupid to tackle in the first place ("Flow" anyone?) People aren't cogs in the machine. When considered as such, things go south. Take each of these points and assign them a rating (from -5 [unneeded] up to +5 [critical]) associated to how important you personally feel the criteria is for success. Then do the same but rank how important this appears in your professional environment. The discrepency between both may help you pick some areas ripe for improvement!