Three Key Motivators at Work
When employers first tried to motivate employees, their approach was almost entirely based on incentive pay: paying for piecemeal output so employees would work faster and produce more. But in our modern economy and workplace, motivation is far more complex. In a post in TED’s “How To Be A Better Human” series David Burkus, PhD., associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University and author of Under New Management, outlines three drivers of motivation according to self-determination theory (a theory of behavior that addresses people's inherent growth tendencies and innate psychological needs).
8/17/2021 09:21:24 am
Seems like the 3 C's (Control, Competence, Connection). Yes, makes sense. The desire to do a good job (competence) in my expeirence is crucial and one of the strongest drivers of behavior/performance. Also, this article didn't get into the nitty gritty but the issue of micromanaging is not so straightforward. Do we as supervisors or leaders have to shut up and let them make mistakes? Maybe smaller mistakes yes. Are we concerned people's ego's get bruised? When is it ok to coach and when not? I know coaching without consent = criticizm. Thus, permission is critical and enthusiam so we work as a team to constantly do better. Thanks for this article
8/19/2021 11:11:25 am
You raise a number of interesting issues Scott. While 'ego bruising' is always a concern, asking for permission can often ease the way. Example: 'Jack, would you be open to some observations about your last submission?' Timing can also be a key. If you can wait to provide the feedback so that it happens shortly before the person is about to perform the same action, it is easier to implement the feedback and tends to be perceived more as helpful advice rather than negative criticism.
8/17/2021 09:55:43 am
Love this! I've felt every one of these during my career.
8/19/2021 11:22:58 am
You make a good point Julia. While we tend to downplay the importance of financial compensation as a motivator it does provide for us and our families and as you point out so well, can heighten the interconnection of the team. Thanks for this contribution.
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