Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It represents the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa. A motive is what prompts the person to act in a certain way, or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior. According to Maehr and Meyer, “Motivation is a word that is part of the popular culture as few other psychological concepts are”.
There are some qualities of a job that motivate team members. A review of decades of research has shown that every job offers some of the listed motivation factors. Associates are motivated to the extent that their job contains the factors that they seek to keep them operating at the optimal performance level.
If you want to learn what motivates your team, ask them these three questions:
1. What are the top three (3) things or conditions that motivate you at work?
2. Describe how or to the extent these motivators are being met now?
3. How your motivators be more completely met?
Here is a list of ten (10) motivational factors that resonate with me. If you wish, you can download the complete list here.
1. Achievement – Meeting increasing work challenges
2. Challenging work – Working on difficult or demanding tasks requiring substantial effort and commitment
3. Compensation – Receiving a high salary or generous monetary compensation or stock options for work
4. Continuous learning – Increasing knowledge and skill when circumstances call for additional learning
5. Formal recognition – Receiving formal recognition, inside and outside the organization, for accomplishments
6. Physical environment – Working in a physically comfortable and attractive environment
7. Position or status – Holding a position with a highly respected title or status relative to others in the organization
8. Promotion opportunities – Earning positions of greater responsibility and status
9. Recognition for expertise – Receiving reward or recognition for expertise in a technical or other specialized skill area
10. Task variety – Working on several different tasks or projects
Based on the feedback from your team, you can formulate a plan to increase their motivational level.
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