“Motivation is a Psychological feature that arouses an organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls and sustains certain goal directed behaviours. It can be considered a driving force; A psychological one that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal. For example, hunger is a motivation that elicits a desire to eat. Motivation is the purpose or Psychological cause of an action.....” (Wikipedia)
Describe the factors that may affect motivation levels in the workplace
2013!!- People finally have seemed to realize that money can’t buy happiness, well, maybe a bit longer than that, this has had an impact on how the work place is seen and has made it very difficult for Leaders to find ways to motivate his/her work force....stick and carrot? Pass! Punishment? Right?!
Personal development, family, time with friends ,to name a few, have taken a solid place in people’s lives and an employee will be hardly motivated to put them aside in favour of work and little extra money. A survey conducted by PHD Robert Nelson of about 1500 employees from several industries with the aim of finding out what were the things that they most valued and motivated them in the work place must have had shocking revelations for the “ carrot and stick “ kind of managers. The survey did in fact found that a Learning activity was ranked 1st, Flexible hours 2nd,Personal Praise from their managers 3rd, Authority and Autonomy 4th &5th, time with their manager 6th......money actually only ranked 13th The knowledge of what our workforce is interested in and what privately motivates them will lead us to ways of motivating them in the work place.
Kids? how about: if you are able to produce X you will be allowed to start at Y so you can drop the kids off to school!
If Z is achieved you will be promoted to XY
Beating budget by 20% in the next quarter will allow you extra time off, and so on
A little knowledge of our workforce needs will