What Motivates Us at Work?

May 20th, 2011 | Simcha Weinstein | 1 Comment »

Fridays seem to be a good day for sharing videos. This one is from Dan Pink, a former speechwriter for Al Gore, who takes an interesting look at what actually motivates us in the workplace. It turns out that traditional rewards, like money, aren’t as motivating as we think. The freedom to innovate, create, and participate are really what drive people in their jobs; and that most companies are loaded with very bright and talented people who are just looking for that window where they can contribute, and even lead. The companies that recognize this, encourage this, and maximize this, are to no surprise, the companies that are most successful and most progressive, leading their fields in creativity, innovation and even profitability.

It’s actually quite simple. Recognize people for their talents and intelligence and provide them an opportunity to contribute, not just with their daily work, but with their ideas. But enough with my description; this video tells the story far better than anything I could write. Take a break today and give it a view. You never know, it may change the way your company operates. Enjoy.