A survey indicates that almost two-thirds of New Zealanders want just a modest pay rise from employers this year.
Recruitment firm Randstad surveyed about 400 workers and found that having a big salary was only the third most important factor for motivating employees.
Believing in their employer's long-term vision and understanding how their role fits in were found to be more important issues.
Randstad says most workers just want a small form of recognition after sticking with their employer through the recession.
However, it says some companies neglected their staff during the past couple of years and those employees are already looking elsewhere.