21st Century Employee Motivation (Video)

What’s the best way to motivate employees? Career analyst Dan Pink gave a fantastic presentation at the TEDGlobal 2009 conference titled “The Puzzle of Motivation,” where he discussed the science behind extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivators. His contention is that there “is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does” when it comes to rewarding employees. “Too many organizations,” he says, “are making their decisions, their policies about talent and people, based on assumptions that are outdated, unexamined, and rooted more in folklore than in science.” What does science know? That intrinsic motivators are more effective, especially for information age workers with difficult problems to solve.

I’ve been managing this way for years: When you take salary off the table (pay people fair market value), then your employees can focus on what really rewards them: doing their best, advancing their skills, and making a difference. I blundered across this approach over many years of trial and error running companies, but it’s nice to know that the science is behind me. In a future post I will discuss a total approach to compensation that utilizes these principles. Check out Dan’ short (18 minute) presentation here:

3 Responses to 21st Century Employee Motivation (Video)

  1. Great post. Financial incentives are not enough to motivate employees. Instead, employers should pay greater attention to intrinsic motivation. That means designing jobs that provide opportunities to make choices, develop skills, do work that matters and build meaningful interpersonal connections.You can also find some effective tools that could boost your employee morale.

    Some I would recommend => Employee Motivation & Engagement software: http://www.monitae.com

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