We have examined the older, more traditional theories and approaches to motivation, and the newer, more modern approaches to motivating employees in the workplace. In the last of this series on employee motivation we will explore ways to actively motivate employees that have been proven to work – because, well, they get employees to work.
I love learning about myself. Throughout my career I’ve done many personality tests. I’ve done the Enneagram, DISC, MBTI, Insights, VIA … you name it, I’ve done it. All of these assessments had value, and I gained a bit more insight into myself through all of them, but it wasn’t until I discovered the Clifton StrengthsFinder® that I really discovered something that I felt had the potential to be life changing.
What motivates people in the workplace? Scientists have long known that two main drives truly power human behaviour… However in 1949, Harry F. Harlow, argued for a third drive – intrinsic motivation – the joy of the task itself.
Motivating oneself is difficult, motivating others is even more difficult. With this in mind we need to embark on a journey of sorts – to discover and reveal what motivation truly is and how to harness and fully utilise its benefits for the development of an organisation.