You’re in a rut, feeling unmotivated, and unsure of your ‘path.’ But, you have to go to work and function in a team, when you’re not feeling connected to your role.
It’s difficult and unfortunately, not uncommon. Now, imagine you’re the employer of that person. You don’t want to see an employee come in, head down, detached, and not giving it their all.
So, what do you do? The best approach is to uncover what they really want… beyond the long lunch breaks, fancy coffee machine, and cool new gadgets.
You need to discover what makes them ‘tick.’
By sitting down with your employees and determining their personality (by putting them into one of four groups), you can understand what might motivate them.
For the sake of example, let’s use our personality assessment test. If the results come back and your employee is an ‘Eagle’, he or she is going to be driven by control and leadership, rather than approval and ‘fitting in.’
It could be as simple as an issue of feeling stifled and unseen.
Let’s explore the different motivators we see in the workplace.
Achievement / Recognition
Our need to achieve derives from our desire for significant accomplishment, e.g., mastering a new skill, gaining more control, or achieving a high standard in certain activities in our lives. The people motivated by recognition are confident, friendly, outgoing and expressive. They talk with their heart, not their head. They like to be the centre of attention and always put people first.
Some people are driven by the feeling of control and the need for power. You feel a strong need to lead and you want your ideas to be accepted, and you’re driven by prestige. You tend to believe others can’t do it as good as you. This doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, if you have good intentions. You’re confident, decisive and results-driven. Taking charge is in your nature and because of this, you make things happen.
This means that hanging out with and being accepted by other people, expressing our feelings and being accepted is critical for us to gain motivation. If you’re motivated by affiliation, you’re often friendly and work best when you feel appreciated in a work environment that gives you an opportunity for interaction. You also want to be accepted by all people and avoid any conflict. Your friendships are the most important thing to you. You’re caring, sensitive, loyal and a great listener. People gravitate towards you because of these qualities.
Getting things right
Some people really like getting things right in the first place. While these people might be cautious and slower to take decisions, you know when you do make a move; it’ll be the right one – although their lack of pace at the start might frustrate others. Their motto goes: slow and steady wins the race.
But of course, there are a lot of little things that also help us get out of bed in the morning. The happiest people are those who have figured out ways to make the most out of what motivates them. By understanding ourselves better, we help build happier, more productive lives.
Give the gift of clarity and self-awareness to your employees, with Tick’s simple, easy to understand personality profiling test. Fill in your details in the red form and we’ll send you over free samples.