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Readers Respond: How's Your Work Motivation?

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Every person is motivated by something. Whether this motivation comes from people and activities you love like family, hobbies, eating, volunteering, or work, you experience motivation. Work motivation depends on your work environment, your personal needs from work, and whether the interaction of these needs with your work environment supports the accomplishment of your goals. How's your work motivation? What motivates you at work?

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Am motivated by Challenges that can create room for exploration of new ideas and creativity which are geared towards putting a smile on someone's face.
—Guest Prince Elvis

Customer Service

When you have two co-workers who take all of the credit for what you've done and they claim they know everything. One of them called in for one reason or another all the time. While the other will text the other one that is off everything that happens in the office until they return. They lie, steal and are considered the biggest bullies our office has ever encountered. One of them is considering retirement which will be amazing. Our motivation is up when they are not here. We all get along, laugh and work well together as a team, when they are not there. Our motivation is up so HIGH, when they call in sick or on vacation.
—Guest Louville

Volunteer AT CEW-IT Uganda

What motivates the most is when I am recognized and praised especially after accomplishing a given task. Salary is by- the- way to me as far as motivation is concerned.
—Guest Rose KIKONGO

What motivates you?

For me: recognition from superior, Salary, respect with trust, and getting changing tasks ...This all motivates me.
—Guest Anuj Rai


What motivates me is when the people stand up and admit what is really going on.
—Guest Justin

Basic Motivation Factor for Us

I think the motivation factor is money in my country situation and other benefits. Most employees leave because of low motivation and bad supervisor/manager relationship or lack of career progression in the company. This will determine the level of employee discretionary effort that they will put into the job. It can be very disheartening sometimes if you are not motivated in your employment. This brings about low productivity. You can put in all the measures but you can force the horse to go to the river, but you cannot force it to drink from the river.
—Guest charles

Motivated by Humor

I think that if you want to bring closer your team, you have to use humour. Look at these videos on this website: www.themotivatorofchange.com. Just awesome what this management consultant can do with humour!
—Guest RHODES Stevens


My major motivator is to have a successful and prosperous family. All of a sudden, after changing faith, being a minority, I hardly see that happening for me and that has killed my drive completely. Now I'm struggling to get back my motivation at the same time keep my faith. It is like hell - trust me. Adjusting to my new faith as a minority is crazy for me, crazy. I have fears maybe unfounded and this is killing my drive. Anybody ever been through this and pulled through?
—Guest suleiman

What motivates you?

Mutual respect and trust, transparency in action and communication, ability to empathise and inspire. All this is futile if not backed up by good MONEY.
—Guest ashok k.

What motivates me....

To motivate: you get more of the behavior you want; if you punish, you get less of it. Once you get above rudimentary cognitive skills, the rewards don’t work with simple incentives as would be assumed. For simple straight-forward tasks, clarity did well. But the more complicated the task, with more conceptual thinking, the worse people did. FACT: Money motivates at work…but it needs to be enough to be motivating. Pay enough so people aren’t worried or thinking about the money. Then it works. But what works the best? Top three things to motivate employees: autonomy, mastery and purpose are the three tops factors to motivate people. It’s about being satisfied and rewarding in the accomplishment itself. People doing highly technically challenging work, who already have jobs and do this extra, technically-sophisticated work on their own time. Why? Because they are being given something more rewarding - a sense of accomplishment. Link to free packet:http://www.pcg-services.com/at
—Guest Dana Costantino


When my work is recognized by my boss, with appreciation from him, I am motivated.
—Guest Kanthimathinathan


More responsibilities and accomplishing them as a a team. Cohesive working environment and has essential equipment to use for job.
—Guest shalom


Something that will make me stay, love and enjoy my work.
—Guest cheyser

What motivates you?

Trust, recognition and empowerment. Working together with colleagues with everyone sharing ideas and thus reaching the desired goal.
—Guest Fely N.Halili


For me several things are important to be motivated: attention and interest in what I am doing; challenging work that makes my blood running; autonomy and freedom; true and open atmosphere/communication where I can work easily and comfortably; respect and recognition both financial and non-financial; keeping promises.
—Guest BS

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