What motivates employees is not what you think

Businesses might want to rethink what motivates employees.  The decisions that businesses are making about talent and people are outdated.  So many of us think it is all about the money.

Daniel Pink says that science shows that mechanical tasks work well with financial rewards.  However, what motivates employees to be creative and work hard comes from intrinsic motivation- the desire to do things because they matter.   Autonomy, mastery and purpose is what motivates employees.

It is important to remember that “Management” is great if you want compliance.  If you want engagement, self direction works better.  Watch Daniel Pink in this short & powerful video clip on employee motivation.

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