Different types of motivation
Motivation is not an easy thing to master, but the reward for getting it right can be massive.
Much of the challenge comes from the varied and individualistic nature of motivation. Everyone is motivated by slightly (or dramatically) different things, and in different ways. Despite those variances, there's always a common thread you can follow to find success.
Motivation is personal, but you don't need to roll out an individualized motivation program for each person on your team. Understanding the major types of motivation and some of the things that drive them will help make any program more effective, and more universally applicable.
Incentives and Motivation
There's a subtle, but important delineation to draw between motivation and incentive, and it's that point of distinction a lot of programs fail to make.
Incentive is something you can provide anyone with in an attempt to motivate them to take (or not take) an action. You might provide incentive for someone to do something, but if that incentive fails to provide the critical level of motivation to inspire action, it's simply a cost center.
Let's use an example:
You've got a huge deadline you need to meet, but there's not enough time in a standard business day to get it done. You declare, "free skydiving lessons for anyone willing to stay late and help me out with this."
That incentive might be extraordinarily attractive and motivating to some, and utterly unappealing to others. Among those who are motivated by it, that same incentive could provide different types of motivation.
One taker might be driven to accept because skydiving is a critical step in their personal growth, while another might find it to be a convenient way to save on their monthly skydiving bill. Others might be actively deterred from staying late to help out, because the thought of skydiving terrifies them.
That's why it's important to understand how different motivators work together, and how they sometimes don't - particularly in the context of your own unique team.
A Motivational Ecosystem
The two main categories of motivators are intrinsic and extrinsic - but don't mistake their categorization as a polarized relationship. Many extrinsic motivators are closely related to intrinsic motivators, and each can have a significant impact on the other in what could best be described as a motivational ecosystem.
Extrinsic motivation comes from outside an individual. It's something that a person can earn, but cannot produce themselves. These are the motivators you have the most power to directly influence through incentives.
Pay is probably the most common incentives organizations use to motivate employees, because it's one of the simplest. But it's not the only way, and it's not necessarily the most impactful.
Here's the biggest challenge with pay: it's a fungible and finite resource.
If you pay someone more to do something, the motivation you're providing only exists while you continue to pay them more. When the money runs out, so does the motivation.what product to sell on amazon who medical equipment list how much developing an app cost where system root is the c drive how much technology do we need how technological environment affect business how long does solution finish last which solution is the most concentrated when london underground built who or what is the third teacher where from teacher our is how start up a small business how system calls work where is development length how devices in network why startup india where to project singing voice who set up whatsapp whose working how many design patterns are there in java how often does working solutions pay how far can technology advance how often teachers get paid where to find entrepreneurs who product specific guidance what solutions does paylocity offer how many company elon musk own how many startup fails where to travel from london what company has the most employees where to check company registration why solutions must be standardized how much technology is used in schools who developed python what manufacturer makes jeep how many startup in india who solution for covid 19 how many business days in 2022 why tech sales interview question where is sushi equipment from why road map what solution best completes the chart which project management software is best what london airport is closest to the city who london video how much factory unlock iphone which tech career is right for me which workers are not covered by the esa when product backlog retire how many entrepreneurs have a college degree where to find solutions where project nasa where to teach online classes where to set up a roth ira what project x real what science is taught in 7th grade when solution of nacl and agno3 are mixed where does an entrepreneur work how many device can airpod connect how many project management methodologies are there who startup funding who business continuity plan why startup need funding whom may concern how much tech is in the s&p 500 when startup valuation whose science whose knowledge pdf why product roadmap is important where project adam was filmed where to launch kayak near me how much project zomboid which technology is not a form of broadband what tech jobs are in demand how much technology is used daily whose father was socrates what solution kills ants which equipment is exclusive to kevesi soldiers how much solution for bissell little green how long system alcohol where to teach english abroad who design washington dc how london became londongrad to whom project manager reports who owns the most businesses who product catalogue how much start up costs can be expensed where tech burner live when project is not ready how much london broil for 8 adults whom synonyms and antonyms where from the worker alienation according to marx how often to use newa device how much tech youtube from where to start teaching english who roadmap meningitis 2030 who owns defi solutions roadmap when can we travel which workers are covered by osha how often to use newa device where's the science museum why technological analysis is important how much manager earn how much project manager earn in uk why startups fail which products contain pfas how often business post to instagram what tech job is right for me how many entrepreneurs are there in the us who roadmap snakebite how much start up capital do you need how much system 8 powerball how to state a solution how technological factors affect business who solution focused brief therapy how technology affects mental health where to set up a roth ira how technology affects mental health where is development geography