12 June 2014

In the debate over productivity in the workplace, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of associating money and motivation. Now, I’m not saying that paying a good wage isn’t important, far from it, as businesses that exploit their employees will never make it to the next level or go the distance. However, money alone is unlikely to lead to an inspired and engaged team.

piggybankSo what does? Well, I would argue that it is investment in other areas, like employee health and wellbeing that makes the difference. Paying a wage isn’t enough; you’ve got to empower people and ensure that they feel the work they’re doing is meaningful and valued.

Never underestimate the human need for fulfillment, whether that’s at work or in family life. There are few people who will commit to a company that drains their energy rather than pumping them full of it. There is so much more to life and work than earning huge amounts of money, for most people anyway. What about enjoyment, passion and purpose? What about culture and being part of a supportive, tight knit team? Personally, I would argue that if you’re not learning and developing in a job, you’re unlikely to stay the course.

Have you ever found yourself in this situation? What motivates you to go to work each day?

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