Sources of Motivation: Workplace Motivation (B)
Where the Workplace Motivation comes from? What are Employee Motivation enablers? What are Workplace Motivation blockers?
Posted: Oct 2008
Did you ever asked yourself why is sometimes difficult to accomplish some task, even if the prize is good? On the other hand sometimes you are able to do something very hard and for long time, even you will not have direct material benefit. The Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs explains the hierarchy of motivation factors. The way of approach to some task depends of a many factors; skills, experience, energy level, time of a day, etc. But one of the most important factors is – the Workplace Motivation.
Workplace Motivation is something that pushes you toward your goal. If you have motivation for some job, you are working more persistent and longer than usual. But if you are not motivated, you find even the simplest tasks to be difficult, boring and you try to find as many excuses as possible, just to delay or postpone the job. Lack of motivation is one of the reasons for employee turnover.
So, why is employee motivation that important? Imagine the balloon. It can be of different size, shape, color, painted, etc. But if there is air inside, then you do not have the balloon, but the piece of rubber. So, the balloon needs something to be pumped up, in order to show his real shape. You can find many examples; car needs a fuel, windmill needs a wind, bird needs a sunlight to sing, painter need a motivation – ah, yes, the motivation, in order to paint. Without motivation the canvas and paints will not move themselves.
We can use several factors that can help us to be motivated toward the goal:
Preference for some job can give us a wind in a back. If we prefer to do some job, than we will do it more easily and much faster. Therefore, we must try to head for profession, environment and benefits that come as result, in a way that correspond to our preference. This will give us the workplace motivation.
Job that we do not like; if we have to do something that we dislike, which will happen occasionally, regardless how much we try to avoid it, than we must try to find some indirect sources of motivation. If we rely have to do some digging in your garden, while you do not rely like doing that, than try to find some indirect benefit. That can be vegetables or flowers grown by your hand. The fact that you grew them can be your satisfaction and motivation. Also you can impress somebody important with your work, which can be also your reward. You can find many examples where reward after job can be motivation.
Personal Development can be your motivation. If you do not like doing something too much, still you can learn and progress while you working on it. By developing some skill you can turn something from your weakness to your strength. For example, you might dislike web design and programming, but you want your web site, since you are passionate on some subject and you want to write about it. Design can be technical part that you do not like, while web publishing is something that interest you. If you start working on design, you might expand this skill and knowledge, which makes you more proficient in web publishing business.
Bypass steps that you are your motivation blockers. Again, let say that you rely like writing and you want to build your web site. But if you really, really hate technical part of building web page, then simply hire somebody to do that job for you. It will cost you some money, but you can save a lot of time and effort. That way you will have more strength and motivation to deal with content of the web that may be your motivation enabeler, instead coping with motivation blockers.
Set Milestones on your road for your goal. For example, the studying can be complex and long, with many difficult exams. But, as you cannot build house in one day, also you cannot finish your study instantly. Focusing on one exam can bring you the pass. Then focus on a next exam, and so on. Every exam is the milestone on you road to the degree.
Balancing tasks in our life can give you the motivation. If you have a really difficult job during the day, you can source motivation from a pleasant evening that you plan to spend after your job. So, your evening party can be counter balance for a rough day.
Planning of activities can help you to do some activity easier way. If you have a long trip ahead of you, and you are really not in a mood for driving nor you can find any motivation at the destination point, try to split your boring driving. You can stop for lunch at the nice restaurant on your way. Later you can plan to stop at the nice countryside, on your way, and enjoy the view. This way you plan to split your long and boring journey and fill it with more interesting activities. It will give you motivation that you need for the trip.
Timing planned according to your mood pattern can help you to do something more easily. If you plan to start jogging, try to decide what time of a day suits you for your exercise. If you prefer to do jogging at the afternoon, instead early in the morning, than choose your schedule accordingly.
Basically, you can find motivation everywhere. Even if you are not able to find anything significant to motivate you, then find at least something small, but something that you like. Experiment a lot. Doing something differently can help you to do things more easily and efficiently. Use your experience. Use your motivation enablers and try to avoid your blockers. Try to find company if that will help you. Listen music while working something. If you really feel that you can not do something now – then don't. Try to do it later.