The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

All leaders are keen on creating and working in an environment where everyone is motivated to perform beyond usual expectations without being asked, instructed or coerced. Generous rewards and bonuses don’t seem to be the answer. So how do we do this in a knowledge economy?

This lively RSA Animate video, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

Motivation in the Workplace

So what does this tell us about motivation?

  • Pay enough to take the cash issue off the table – research shows excessive reward can actually damage performance
  • Give more autonomy – self-direction promotes stronger engagement – people respond to the freedom to be creative
  • Encourage mastery – we like to get better at things – people respond positively to the opportunity for self-development and the personal satisfaction this provides
  • Provide an organisational SENSE OF PURPOSE that transcends finance and profit. This makes people want to get up, come to work and believe in what they are doing.

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