Interpreting the Motivation to Work

Another nice post from Lifehacker on why we get up and go to work every day, written by Walter Chen.

A tasty nugget.

Psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer interviewed over 600 managers and found a shocking result. 95 percent of managers misunderstood what motivates employees. They thought what motivates employees was making money, getting raises and bonuses. In fact, after analyzing over 12,000 employee diary entries, they discovered that the number one work motivator was emotion, not financial incentive: it’s the feeling of making progress every day toward a meaningful goal.

YES. This is so fascinating to me, the manager/worker divide. I have been on both sides. I always try to give workers the benefit of the doubt. In some instances, my own observations have run counter to this evidence, that actually the managers are perceived as showing up burnt out and over the work, while the younger staff is energized and excited. Most if it is probably about perception anyway.

Brilliant. Read on.

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