Motivation at Work
When it comes to motivation at work, it can be helpful to clarify your values. Identifying your work values helps in finding a compatible career. Learn more about your work values at careeronestop.org.
- self expression
- service to others
To STREAM motivation in the workplace:
- Set work goals that are relevant to the mission and goals of the organization. An optimal organization is clear about them.
- Training to develop skills. An optimal organization encouragese and provides opportunities for learning.
- Recognize and reward progress. An optimal organization provides incentives that employees want. A word of praise for a job well done can go a long way.
- Expect the best. An optimal organization communicates their expectations. Employees also have expectations of an employer.
- Always be aware of the value that your job provides. An optimal organization provides feedback to employees.
- Measure outcomes and notice results. An optimal organization provides information about progress. A simple scorecard makes outcomes like a game so employees are motivated to improve the score.
Dan Pink, author of Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us, talks about Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.
Autonomy-the desire to be self-directed.
- Choose goals to add value to your life
- Make goals SMART, specific and measurable
Mastery-the urge to get better at stuff. We enjoy the challenge of learning and creating things, and want to contribute.
Purpose-the desire to add value to life with our talents.
- Identify your talents
- Make a Unique Selling Proposition to get very clear on purpose
To overcome procrastination, learn how to motivate yourself.
Motivation can involve positive or negative consequences. Motivation can be tangible or intangible, intrinsic or extrinsic. Positive motivation is usually the most effective, and intrinsic motivation tends to be intangible. However, to stop a bad habit like using bad language, you can set up a negative tangible consequence like putting a dollar in a jar every time you slip up.
- Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose at Brainpickings.org
- Can betting against yourself online help you save money? from pbs.org
- New Years Resolutions Stick When Willpower is Reinforced from The New York Times
- How to Make Commitments You Will Actually Keep by Scott H Young
- How the Overjustification Effect Reduces Motivation from verywellmind.com
- Twentysomething: 7 ways to motivate your Millennial at Brazen Careerist
- Motivations and Rewards (pdf)
More on Motivation from the Daily PlanIt:
Daily Report, Feb 6
Team Collaboration What’s the Desired Outcome? … That question is important even for team projects (duh!). “This is even more pronounced for collaborative projects. Educating and energizing audiences through collaborative projects is an emerging to…
Great points. I also have motivation software available online at http://www.motivator.ws/ — it’s no cost, so check it out if you’re interested!
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
It’s cold here. The wind sends chills right through my bones. Normally, I enjoy walking, I try to walk to places whenever I can, but on a day like this, I would not venture outside but for my two dogs
Fabulous points you make about how to motivate yourself and others. The eleven points are a valid guide for those of us wishing to make the changes. Identify where you nedd to change one at a time, prioritise and then take action.
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