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What’s Your Motivation?
I caught a TED Talk by Dan Ariely some time ago on what motivates us at work, and I thought of sharing a few useful insights.
“We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labour market looks like,” said Ariely, who is a behavioural economist.
When you look carefully at the way people work, you find that there’s a lot more at play and a lot more at stake than money.
If you haven’t watch it already, here it is:
More than just money
During the talk, Ariely provided evidence that apart from money, we are also driven by the following:
- Meaningful work
Seeing the fruits of our labour makes us even more productive. We enjoy reaping the results.
- Approval, acknowledgement and appreciation from others
Positive reinforcement that makes us feel valuable, validated and significant.
- The amount of effort we’ve put in: the harder the task is, the prouder we are
We enjoy and relish challenges; we naturally will rise up to meet them. We’re proud of “tough” achievements.
- Knowing that our work helps others or serves the greater good
There is a good feeling knowing that our works serve the world and the people out there.
It’s a good reminder for leaders that your people are not cogs in the factory machine or slaves for money.
There’s a deeper motivation behind why they do what they do – the significance of what they do. It’s not just about the money.
- What motivates you at work?
- What makes your people work harder and better?
- What is missing at work right now?
Hwai Tah is the founder of Coaching-Journey.com and a certified professional coach and Professional Certified Coach with ICF (International Coach Federation). You can contact him at email@example.com. For more articles on leadership and personal development, visit www.leaderonomics.com
Published in English daily The Star, Malaysia, 6 December 2014