what motivates you about work means you can try to match
what you want with the jobs out there.
For many people, the obvious motivator is money - a
bigger salary and great benefits. But listening to my
career coaching clients, I know that although money
can be important, the real motivators go beyond money.
We often have different motivators at different stages
of our careers. Having established themselves in a career,
by the time they reach their 30's some people want more
independence, while those in their 20's are motivated
by opportunities to learn and develop through their
You'll find below ten motivators. Take some time to
think about how important each of them is to you.
Which ones do you need to feel engaged and enthusiastic
about work? Think about what you want, not what you
get from your current job - particularly if you're feeling
de-motivated at the moment!
1. Development - opportunities for learning more and
gaining new skills. Does development matter to you or
are you happy to continue using the skills you have
in the same type of environment?
2. Competitiveness - does the chance to compete against
others give you a buzz?
3. Team membership - having the chance to work closely
with others and give and receive help and feedback.
How important is it to you to work collaboratively?
4. Recognition - hearing others tell you that you're
doing a good job - whether it's your manager, a client
or a colleague. Do you recognise your own work or do
you want to hear from others too?
5. Responsibility - being answerable for the delivery
of projects or for the performance of a team, or maybe
both. How much do you want to take the credit for work
well done or the blame if things don't go according
6. Security - you know your organisation is stable,
you have a steady income and there's minimal risk of
redundancy. Is this what you want or does risk sound
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7. Making a difference - doing something that involves
making a contribution to others, maybe individuals or
particular groups or even society as a whole. Does the
thought of contributing in some way get you motivated?
8. Independence - having minimal, if any, interference
from others in how you work. Do you want to be the decision
maker and control how you spend your time?
9. Work life balance - an environment that encourages
you to work your agreed hours and have plenty of time
for your personal life. Is this important to you at
your current stage of your life?
10. Newness and change - do you like to be in on the
start of things and lose interest once they've bedded
Once you've chosen your top five motivators you can
find work that matches them. And when you have reviews
with your manager you can be clear with them about what
will make you give your best. They'll want to know because
they want motivated staff!