Motivation is an integral part in a productive workplace. Motivation drives teams forward, encourages innovation and pushes groups to surpass expectations. However, in order for motivation to be fully effective, one must know how and why motivation works. Motivation, as an emotion, elicits feelings of enthusiasm, energy and hope, which are all positive motivators for a person or group. Motivation then motivates people to do their best, whether this means pursuing a career path that they may not have previously taken or finding new and exciting opportunities. In addition, motivation encourages people to reach their career goals and aspirations and gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Motivation is also influenced by several other factors. It is important to understand how these various factors work together to help you reach your career goals, while maintaining a high level of productivity. These include personal characteristics, behaviors, personality traits, communication skills, organizational skills, morale, training and development, productivity, technology, time management, hygienic conditions and other factors. Each of these factors are interconnected and work together to achieve a goal.
Personal characteristics such as character traits, attitudes, motivation levels and interests are commonly referred to as motivators. They are essential components of what drives motivation, but can be affected by many factors. For example, the way you are treated by your manager can influence your level of motivation. Similarly, how the public perceives you affects your level of motivation.
Behavioral factors include the manner in which you relate with others within the work environment. These can include your attitudes toward colleagues, supervisors, and fellow workers. Similarly, your success or failure in gaining respect within the work environment can also be an effective motivator. One of the most important factors that influence how you respond to others and to the work environment is your ability to communicate effectively communicate with others.
Another important factor that affects your motivation level is the way you relate to yourself and to your job. There are three basic types of motivation; intrinsic, extrinsic, and social. Intrinsic motivators are rewards from your job or other sources outside of work that are intended to increase your level of performance. Extrinsic rewards are rewards for doing a job well.
Intrinsic motivators, such as getting rewarded for a job well done, are easier to obtain than extrinsic motivators, which are rewards that are not related to your job performance or that do not directly improve your ability to do your job well. An extrinsic reward, for example, could be gaining free food at work. Intrinsic motivators are more difficult to obtain. An intrinsic motivator, like being motivated by your boss, can easily be obtained through the creation of a positive workplace climate. This includes constructive criticism, encouragement, and peer support.
extrinsic motivators are rewards that are not related to your job performance, but that makes you feel good and help to increase your level of performance. Some examples include items that can be bought at home, a massage, or tickets to a concert. Extrinsic motivators are more difficult to obtain than intrinsic motivators, but they are more powerful. It is far easier to motivate people to work hard if they are rewarded for their efforts. Examples of extrinsic motivators include bonuses, stock options, free trips, and paid time off.
The fourth factor, we will cover is the general environment in which employees are working. The overall hygiene factor is easy to quantify, but it can be a tough thing to manage in certain businesses. You might want to motivate your employees with an award for maintaining a clean office or perhaps a free day at the end of the year to go clean your place. Monitoring employees’ grooming is also a great way to see how much of the job is truly being done. If everyone is dressed and undressed and their hair is properly groomed, then they will probably be more motivated to perform their best.