Motivation : Why do we do what we do?

Simply put, motivation is why we do what do – it is the reason behind behaviour.  And there is no change in organisations without behavioural change.  So understanding what drives employee behaviour is critical for organisations that want to adapt and flourish.

This motivation poll is a starting point. It is my first step to an in-depth research project that will integrate the best and most relevant theories into a practical and pragmatic model for employee motivation.

You can take the poll below or click here  – it will only take 5 minutes.

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The aim of the poll is to give an initial idea on which motivational theories you use and which best fit with your experience of motivating employees.

We will send you through the results of the survey before Christmas!

5 Replies to “Motivation : Why do we do what we do?”

  1. As well as the theories of motivation mentioned above it’s worth looking at the research and literature on employee engagement and strengths theory, which have strong links to motivation and are widely used in workplaces to create the conditions within which employees can perform at their best.

    1. Thanks Anita. Yes I totally agree strengths based approach is more motivating than a problem focussed approach. I guess self determination theory, goal setting theory and progress principle could all be used in that context. Even McGregor’s Theory Y could be taken as strength based approach ? Thanks for your comment.

    1. Thanks for your comment Peter. I haven’t heard of Audrey Daniels before but it seems like a positive behavioural approach. I think maybe just focusing on behaviour has limitations – you potentially miss the underlying beliefs (cognitive side) and the social context of those behaviours. From a business perspective employees go down the behavioural route because it is easy to measure whereas beliefs are not – but the question is do we really change if we don’t change our beliefs or the social context that drives those beliefs?

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