Here’s a sneak peek from our upcoming course, Motivating Your People. In this video we explore the consequences of not acknowledging different motivations in the workplace. Indeed, what motivates one person, may well demotivate another. And it’s not all about pay and recognition, like people so often think.
As you’ll see, the manager thinks it will motivate Sally if he lets her know that he’s noticed how hard she’s been working – thinking that the recognition will really motivate her (obviously!). How do you think she’ll take this?
By not looking at the individual motivators, you’ll not only be missing a trick in getting the best out of your team, but you may also be demotivating or upsetting people. Some like the limelight, while others are more reserved and worry about exposure. Some people are happy working with others in a noisy environment, while others prefer to get their head down and surface every so often. Getting this wrong can be like putting petrol in a diesel car and expecting it to work. It’s not that it won’t be as efficient – it just won’t work at all.