How do you Motivate the Unmotivated?
- May 6, 2021 6:44 pm GMTMay 6, 2021 4:29 pm GMT
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Hello Utility HR & Recruitment Professionals,
I have been reading a book by Dan Ariely called, "Payoff". The book is based upon experiments of workplace employees and how the employee is motivated to increase a number of different tasks or KPI/RKO's, such as: 1. Quality of work product 2. Efficiency of tasks 3. Productivity of output etc.
As I reflect on how I was motivated advancing through my career, it would appear that FEAR was a motivating factor. It was the fear of losing a job and my financial stability that kept me motivated. I believe the common verbiage used by my superiors was, " Work or get fired!"
As well as my generation was motived by money. Money was supposed to buy the American dream of happiness, ie. house, white picket fence, cars, boats, pools etc. We also believed in hard work, an honest day’s wage and taking pride in your work to feel an internal satisfaction.
Now fast forward to today’s generation and these motivations no longer apply. The drive for the white picket fence has been replaced with living tiny. A hard day’s work has been replaced with a just enough attitude. To top it all off, there is not a fear of losing your job. The cultural shift or perception is I can always get another job or become YouTube famous.
What or how do you motivate your staff in a culture that seems to lack motivation?