There is a dual opinion about what motivates people in the workplace. One side believes its all about the money, the other side believes that job satisfaction and involvement in the firm’s decision-making is what really motivates an employee to work hard.
I strongly believe that motivation in the workplace is all about employing the right incentives. I work in a commission based environment, and believe that my performance is recognized every month, and I get a salary equivalent to the effort I have put in. Every day on my job I ask myself a question: “What do I need to do today to accomplish my goal?” However, not everyone thinks creating competition among workers and encouraging incentives driven environment would benefit the employer and employees alike.
According to prior management studies, participation in decision making can fulﬁll people’s higher-order needs, which including self-expression, respect, and value. When those needs are met, employees develop a perception of being valued by the employer; as a result, it increases their work place satisfaction and strengthens their intrinsic motivation to work hard. Intrinsic motivation moves individual to work out of fun, or challenge he or she faces, not including the external factors like paychecks, bonuses, and commission.
In 1997, Frey introduced the existence of incentives and that people face different incentives that might crowd out our intrinsic motivation. He believes that all people are selfish and need to have a personal benefit from the act of giving.
Therefore, the article written by Payscale.com on different types of motivational theories suggests that:
- You can’t motivate people.
- You can provide an environment where people motivate themselves.
- Apply what you know about people’s styles to strengthen their individual work “environment.”
- And keep focus on intrinsic motivation factors. Which means: Build strong work relationships and expand them.
What is the thing that motivates you in your workplace???
Jennings, S. (2009). Different types of motivation theories. Payscale. http://blogs.payscale.com/compensation/2009/07/different-types-of-motivation-theories.html
Kyriacou, A. P. (2010). Intrinsic Motivation and the Logic of Collective Action: The Impact of Selective Incentives. American Journal Of Economics & Sociology, 69(2), 823-839.
Kuang, X., Moser, D. V. (2011). Wage Negotiation, Employee Effort, and Firm Profit under Output-Based versus Fixed-Wage Incentive Contracts. Contemporary Accounting Research.