September 9, 2022
November 4, 2022

The ‘quiet quitting’ sensation is something employers need to be aware of. It’s a trend that speaks to many themes – employee satisfaction, overwork, work-life balance, and the changing power disparity between management and workers.

In short, quiet quitting means not going above and beyond for one’s job. Doing the work that’s asked of them, but not going further to impress employers.

This trend is something that shouldn’t be ignored. It’s not just internet buzz. It reflects the global sentiment and psyche, post-pandemic. It’s more important than ever to understand what makes your people ‘tick.’


Use a personality profiling test

By sitting down with your employees and determining their needs through their personality, you can understand what motivates them. For example, with Tick’s personality assessment, if the results come back that your manager is an Eagle, they’re likely going to be subconsciously driven in a leadership role, rather than the approval of fitting in.

If that same ‘Eagle’ is disengaged, it could be as simple as they don’t feel seen. The same can be said about the Dove, but in a different way. They could be unmotivated because they’re lacking the one-on-one relationships and personal care they need to thrive.

Let’s explore different motivators we see in the workplace.

Achievement / Recognition

Our need to achieve derives from our desire for significant accomplishment – mastering a new skill, moving up the ranks, 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. They feel a strong need to lead and want their ideas to be accepted. They’re focused on prestige and tend to believe others can’t do it as good as they can. This doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, if they have good intentions.

Power-driven people are usually confident, decisive and results driven. Taking charge is in their nature and because of this, they get things done.  



This means hanging out with and being accepted by other people is critical for individuals to gain motivation. People who are motivated by affiliation are often friendly and work best when they feel appreciated in a team working environment. They also want to be accepted by all people and avoid any conflict. Friendships are the most important thing to them. They’re caring, sensitive, loyal, and great listeners. People gravitate towards them because of these qualities.



Some people really like getting things right in the first place. While these people might be cautious and slower to take decisions, they know when they do make a move, it’ll be the right one. Although their lack of pace at the start might frustrate others. Their motto? The adage, slow and steady wins the race.

There are many little nuances to motivating a team, but personality testing is a great place to start. Give the gift of clarity and self-awareness to your employees, with Tick’s simple, easy to understand personality profiling test.

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