Vengeance is one of our motives according to Dr. Steven Reiss motivational research. It is the desire to win and to confront those who offend. In companies managed by fear, these fearless people might be the only ones speaking up regarding what does, and what does not work. These might also be the employees, who have the responsibility to keep customers happy.

The employees who are high on vengeance motive are not afraid of confrontation. Many of them believe that it is better to speak up, so that the matters can be addressed to. Those employers who are not interested in improving working conditions, will turn things around and just call these people trouble makers or whistle-blowers.

Those with high on vengeance motive most probably do not give up, even when things do not seem to be getting anywhere. They have the perseverance to continue to work for what they believe to be right. If they don’t get results, there is a high risk that you will lose their engagement.

According to many studies, including ILOs, better working conditions improve company performance. It would be a win-win solution for companies to listen to the feedback from the employees. Will your company survive on the long run if you don’t listen to your employees?

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Aila Kekkonen

Certified Reiss Motivation Profile coach, facilitator and trainer