Motivation in the workplace explained

According to Gallup, 71% of US city workers are unhappy and disengaged with their jobs.


1) Proper Hygiene

Proper hygiene means that working conditions are safe, pay and benefits are sufficient, plenty of job security and growth opportunities. Once a workplace is clean it doesn’t mean that people will like their jobs—they just won’t hate them.

2) Motivation

Motivators include responsibility, doing work that is meaningful and challenging and making a contribution.

Notice how pay is a hygiene problem, not a motivator. Indeed, it is hard to have someone give that 110% when they struggle to put food on the table.

On the other hand, motivators like making a difference in the world is an internal incentive. External incentives, however, like money, are not good substitutes for making our work (and lives) meaningful.

The bottom line: no one wants to work for a place that feels dirty.