Motivation is a broad term on its own. It defines how we push ourselves to do, to work it out or to finish a work at hand. Motivation is simply defined as your general willingness to do something. It is the set of psychological forces that compel you to take action and well, the driver to perform.
In reality, if you find yourself feeling unmotivated to work on a task, it is often because it has drifted into an area of boredom or been shoved into an area of great difficulty. Motivation is when you need to find a way to pull your tasks back to the border of your abilities where you feel challenged, but capable.
Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” So often it seems that we want to work easily at work worth doing. We want our work to be helpful and respected, but we do not want to struggle through our work.
Most employees need motivation to feel good about their jobs and perform optimally. Some employees are money motivated while others find recognition and rewards personally motivating. Motivation levels within the workplace have a direct impact on employee productivity. Workers who are motivated and excited about their jobs carry out their responsibilities to the best of their ability and production numbers increase as a result.
Lifted from smallbusiness.chron.co, there are different ways employees are pushed to perform in their workplace. They are motivated through incentives, recognition, and self-motivation.
An incentive is a motivating influence that is designed to drive behavior and motivate employees to be produce quality work. Employers use several types of incentives to increase production numbers. Employee incentives come in a variety of forms including paid time off, bonuses, cash and travel perks. Incentives drive employee motivation because they offer workers more to strive for than a regular paycheck.
Many employees need recognition from their employers to produce quality work. Recognition and employee reward systems identify employees who perform their jobs well. Acknowledging a job well done makes employees feel good and encourages them to do good things. Employers recognize workers by tracking progress and providing feedback about how they have improved over time. Public recognition is also a motivating factor that drives worker productivity.
Some employees are motivated through feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement for meeting personal and professional goals. Many workers are self-disciplined and self-motivated. Incentive and rewards have little effect on employees who feel motivated only when they are confident in their abilities and personally identify with their role within the organization. These individuals perform productively for the sake of the personal challenge their work provides.
To increase productivity, I believe this is where employee personality becomes relevant to motivation. Employers should know how to excite and initiate an impulse to let the employees pull the trigger and perform well in their job. Because different factors influence workers in different ways, employers can utilize motivation strategies that encompass several techniques. May it be through giving out incentives, appreciation and recognitions and motivating them by letting them realize their importance in the organization. Whatever it may be, great performance output is at stake and should be considered.