What Motivates You? My Top 6 Motivating Factors
If you’re reading my blog right now, chances are you have a job that you are concerned you might lose or you’ve already lost your job and are trying to find a way back into the workplace. If you fall into these two categories, it’s important to understand what motivates you to do your best work.
Last time, I talked about setting professional goals. Now it’s time to talk about how we achieve those goals by determining our motivating factors. According to Wikipedia.com, “motivation is the driving force which causes us to achieve goals.” Motivators can be intrinsic (driven by the enjoyment of the task itself) or extrinsic (coming from outside the individual). Identifying your motivating factors can help you keep the job you have or help you find a job you will truly enjoy.
So what motivates me? Using this long list of motivating factors, I derived my own personal list:
- 1. Opportunities to Solve Complex Problems.
Most people want to show up to work and do nothing for eight hours a day. I, on the other hand, want to show up and put my knowledge and skills to work. Solving complex problems will get you noticed within your company.
2. Freedom to Make Decisions without Approval from a Supervisor.
Nobody likes a micro-manager. I prefer to be told what the end result should be and then do what it takes to make it happen. I don’t like having to go to my boss every half hour and ask, “Can I do it this way?” or “What should I do next?”
3. Being Commended by Superiors when Doing a Good Job.
Praise goes along with solving complex problems. When you do something well, it is extremely motivating to be told you did a great job.
- 4. Potential for Growth within the Company.
Knowing there is an opportunity for a promotion makes me want to work harder to prove that I am worthy of being promoted.
5. Excellent Pay and Benefits.
Let’s be honest, we all want to make a lot of money. But, it’s not always all about your base salary. Health, dental, and vision benefits, 401(k) matches, and tuition reimbursement are some of my favorites.
6. Having a Flexible Work Schedule.
I realized very quickly when I started working full-time how hard it was to get errands done during the week. Some places aren’t open on the weekends or after 5:30pm on weekdays. Lunch breaks sometimes aren’t long enough to get personal errands done. Being able to take an extra hour lunch to get a teeth cleaning or leave a little early to go to a doctor’s appointment can be unexpectedly motivating.
Now it’s your turn to discover what motivates you. Use the list of motivating factors I used to derive my list and try to identify a few intrinsic and extrinsic motivators that apply to you. Don’t forget to add this list to your Professional Portfolio.