Do you Know What Motivates Your Employees?

In our area things are heating up again just like they were a few years ago when employees could not be found, let alone one with the skills to do the job right. For the next couple blogs I would like to focus on a few little tips that hopefully not only help with productivity but maybe help with keeping the employees we have now.

Let’s start with employee motivation.  Do you know what motivates your employees? It goes without saying that an employee who is motivated is more productive but that is just the start, they are also more creative.

It wasn’t that long ago that I had a conversation with a business owner who really felt that if he could find and implement the right monetary incentive program his employees would not only be motivated to do good work but that they would be less likely to leave. He was convinced money was their main motivation. I asked him what was his motivation, because it certainly wasn’t money. He worked long hours and would have been paid way more with less stress working for someone else. Now that made him think! Why would his employees be all that different?

If you too think employees main motivation is money I strongly urge you to have a look at Daniel Pink’s You Tube video on Drive and Motivation. It’s about an 11 minute video that is well worth the time. Daniel Pink gives some great evidence to support the idea that you need to give people enough money to take money off the table but after that it is really autonomy, mastery, and purpose that inspires people to do good work.

What about your personal motivation? Do you ever feel a bit overwhelmed? Let’s face it there are always too many things we want/need to get done and not enough time to do them. Interestingly enough I came across a blog post also by Daniel Pink  yesterday advertising a cool new (free) productivity tool called IdoneThis. According to Daniel you sign up and every evening you receive an email asking what you accomplished that day. IdoneThis then compiles your responses in a calendar and you can see just how productive you really are. Cool! I signed up because all too often I forget just how much I accomplish and it is easy to be hard on myself and think I should be doing so much more just because there is so much to be done.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at


About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on September 14, 2011, in Business Productivity, motivating employees, motivation, productivity, productivity tools and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. For our welding/manufacturing company when we interview employees, we tend not to hire the ones who are solely motivated by money because that means their loyalty will shift easily if they’re offered more somewhere else. If they’re money chasers they will tend to want field work instead anyway, which is better pay yes, but is far less stable and takes longer to pay. We intentionally look for employees who are not only motivated by money, but instead who are motivated by passion for metalwork, a drive to learn more about metalworking, and are interested in a long-term, stable career, not just fast cash. They make better employees and are more worth paying well.

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