I’ve long held fast to the belief that Managers can’t really motivate their employees. Motivation is something that you either have or don’t have; it’s internal and specific to each individual. Sure, bad Managers can leave employees feeling un-engaged; but motivated people in an un-engaging environment will leave. The opposite is true of people who are unmotivated; they will miserably remain in the organization and create drama that infects everyone who comes into contact with them. Or, they will keep their heads down and just “do their jobs”, which is not adding value. Truly motivated people absolutely refuse to work in toxic environments where co-workers commiserate about “the man”, or where they feel unappreciated and unchallenged.
There are two types of motivation:
1. Extrinsic motivation is driven by rewards, such as money, popularity, grades, or recognition.
2. Intrinsic motivation is driven from within, for the sake of your own sense of accomplishment or enjoyment.
Most of us are motivated in both intrinsic and extrinsic ways, depending on the situation. You might be happiest doing something because you are driven internally by the pleasure of just doing it; operating from a place of intrinsic motivation. When you are extrinsically motivated, you are less concerned about liking what you are doing and are more concerned with the outcome associated with the action. One example is getting up in the morning. “Morning people” wake up lively and excited to start a new day. Others hate to wake up early but will do so in order to get to work or school on time.
Solarity is a place where the right people feel intrinsically motivated and subsequently enjoy extrinsic rewards. Reach out to us and discover what Orange is all about.