What’s the Motivation?

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.

Work Values

  • power
  • money
  • prestige
  • independence
  • challenge
  • mastery
  • achievement
  • recognition
  • security
  • self expression
  • collaboration
  • service to others
  • relationships
  • creativity
  • variety

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.

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.

Self Motivation

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.
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10 comments on “What’s the Motivation?
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  2. Karl's Blog says:

    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!

  3. Lawsagna says:

    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

  4. Sue says:

    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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