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Workplace Motivation

Sep 15, 2012 07:18AM
By Susan Thorn

It's 3:17.  How many have you have become a workplace clock watcher? We all have periods in our careers and jobs that we are feeling less than inspired in the motivation department.  If you are finding that your best workplace motivation is divided between the oddly compelling rendezvous between Sally and the plant man  or checking the clock every 10 minutes,  it may be time to take your workplace expectations and turn them upside-down.

Most of us believe that we are best motivated with external rewards like money, which is a carrot-and-stick approach that soon leaves us craving something far greater for our soul. Once you look at your job as an important part of your journey that requires you to be fully engaged, you will begin to feel the cool breeze of your new thinking replace the stagnant air of the old.

In Daniel H. Pink’s new book, "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," he says,  “The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”  Deep down we all want to spend our days doing meaningful work that adds value to our lives. Whether you are in an entry-level position that is a stepping stone to greater things, have accepted a position as temporary due to economics, or are in the career for which you have aimed, you are going to need some motivating factors to be satisfied with where and who you are in life. Taking these three steps will take you to a place of motivation that will make the days fly by, ending each day by looking forward to the next.

  • We all want to be in a position to take the reins. Look for the areas of responsibility in your job that you own. What can you take charge of and make it the best the organization has ever seen? You have the ability to make yourself the best-looking employee they have ever seen. What would that look like? Once you take charge and create greatness the internal feelings of accomplishment will override anything mundane.
  • Get good at it! We are not wired to feel good at doing anything for prolonged periods if we suck at it. We want to do it and do it well. Tell your boss you want to get good at what you do, no not good, tell your boss you want to be great at what you do. Ask for training. There are always great conferences, classes, and seminars out there. Most employers expect that a certain amount of overhead will go to expenses. If not, learn from those around you.
  • Find the value! We all want to do something that matters. Whatever it is you are doing, whatever level you are at, what you are currently doing matters. Everything you are today is a product of where you have been. If you don’t think what you are doing matters, maybe it is all in how you are looking at it. Change your view!
Seriously, as the sizzle begins to wane on the Sally and plant man front, you won’t be left in a muck of doldrums, checking the clock.