Meaning of “hygiene factor” in the English Dictionary

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"hygiene factor" in Business English

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hygiene factornoun [ C, usually plural ]

uk us

HR something connected with a job that may not make an employee feel satisfied, but that will make them feel unhappy if it is not provided, for example fair pay, respect from other workers, or pleasant working conditions:

Once employees are satisfied with their situation, hygiene factors will no longer actually motivate them further or produce greater performance from them.

(Definition of “hygiene factor” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)