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Feb. 5th, 2010

10:30 am - What *really* motivates workers?: - Barking up the wrong tree

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Ask leaders what they think makes employees enthusiastic about work, and they’ll tell you in no uncertain terms. In a recent survey we invited more than 600 managers from dozens of companies to rank the impact on employee motivation and emotions of five workplace factors commonly considered significant: recognition, incentives, interpersonal support, support for making progress, and clear goals. “Recognition for good work (either public or private)” came out number one.

Unfortunately, those managers are wrong.

Having just completed a multiyear study tracking the day-to-day activities, emotions, and motivation levels of hundreds of knowledge workers in a wide variety of settings, we now know what the top motivator of performance is—and, amazingly, it’s the factor those survey participants ranked dead last. It’s progress. On days when workers have the sense they’re making headway in their jobs, or when they receive support that helps them overcome obstacles, their emotions are most positive and their drive to succeed is at its peak. On days when they feel they are spinning their wheels or encountering roadblocks to meaningful accomplishment, their moods and motivation are lowest.

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Date:February 6th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
This is true for me. I certainly don't do it for money or acclaim (most people hate people in my general profession). And my work ethic doesn't change when workplace morale is low, because I don't work for my employer (metaphorically speaking) so much as I work for my clients, and even more so for the higher concept of justice. The sense of personal accomplishment is *huge*. I love my job and I'm only sorry it took me this long to find my ideal career.
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Date:February 7th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
i'm very negative on this front. i don't want to work (i'm doing quite well: i've hardly worked since 2003 and i don't see it happening realistically for at least a couple more years) but if i have to work i want to optimise the amount of non-work time before i snuff it so the basic goal would be good net pay/pension.

lack of progress is a frustration (but almost a given at the lowly status i've only ever been employed at) but i'd swap it for 10 per cent more pay. after all i'm going to make at least ten times as much progress away from work as i could possibly foresee making at work.
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