What motivates employees? Most employers use the carrot and stick approach to motivate their employees. Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation.
According to him:
- Extrinsic motivators do work only in a surprisingly narrow band of circumstances.
- Rewards often destroy creativity and employee performance.
- The secret to high performance isn’t reward and punishments but that unseen intrinsic drive – the drive to do things for their own sake – because they matter!
Some intrinsic motivators that really enhance human performance are:
- Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives
- Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters
- Purpose: the urge to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
If you have to lead a team of highly creative, conceptual and intelligent people, give them a clear result and all the freedom to achieve their goals. Also, link organizational goals to their individual purpose.
- Autonomy: This relates to their time, task, team and technique
- Mastery: The urge to excel and be master of their own domain
- Purpose: The clearer the result, the easier to achieve.
This will make a working environment healthier and help achieve higher performances.
If you’re a leader, try this out today and maybe we can change the world!
I would love to hear your experiences as a leader and how you use intrinsic motivators with your team.
Do share your thoughts on the same.