Thursday, September 9, 2010

What Motivates You at Work?

Does motivation come from within or can it be created with external incentives like money, recognition and career advancement? It's a key question for employers and employees. Motivated employees are happy employees which is good for business. So it's in everyone's best interest to create a work environment that motivates people to give their best.

Money is a big motivator for many people. But if you're living comfortably and can afford a few extras like beer or Callaway Woods, money loses some of it's pull. I'm motivated by money too, but I'm also motivated by helping people. That's why I write these blogs. It's the reason I enjoy staffing. I truly enjoy connecting employers with talented people who want to work for them.

Every person I place in a new job has the best intentions to make a valuable contribution. It's that adorable honeymoon stage. Everyone involved catches the fever and works a little harder. But how do you keep that energy and motivation going? Soon or later reality sets in. Maybe personalities conflict or the job becomes routine.

Does it have to be that way? I've noticed that some people maintain enthusiasm for their job long after that first blush of excitement. What does it take to motivate you to keep giving your best even after the reality of the job sets in?
  • Performance-based bonuses?
  • Flexible work hours?
  • Opportunity for career advancement or promotion?
  • Working with and for people you trust and respect?
  • Opportunity to learn on the job, training and skill development?
  • Opportunity to help others?
  • All of the above?
Did I miss something? If I was your employer, what could I do to help you stay motivated and committed to doing a great job?

Please share your ideas in the comments, or take a minute to respond to my poll at


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Posted By Tim Collins, President and Founder,
Stafflink Solutions Ltd

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