Find Your Motivation: Improve Performance for You and Your Teams

In Learning Network by Jamie Mierau

As 2018 draws to a close, we encourage you to take time for reflection and renewal. For inspiration, we are sharing the Harvard Business Review article, The 3 Things Employees Really Want: Career, Community, Cause to help you think about what motivates you and your work teams and how to get more of that in your life.

Career, Community, and Cause

Career” is about work: having a job that provides autonomy, allows you to use your strengths, and promotes your learning and development. It’s at the heart of intrinsic motivation.

“Community” is about people: feeling respected, cared about, and recognized by others. It drives our sense of connection and belongingness.

“Cause” is about purpose: feeling that you make a meaningful impact, identifying with the organization’s mission, and believing that it does some good in the world. It’s a source of pride.

These three buckets make up what’s called the psychological contract — the unwritten expectations and obligations between employees and employers. When that contract is fulfilled, people bring their whole selves to work. But when it’s breached, people become less satisfied and committed. They contribute less. They perform worse.”

Jumpstart 2019 with these motivators:

  • Find a way to exercise a strength in a new way
  • Set a professional development or learning goal that really excites you
  • Take time each month to connect with the part of your organization’s missions that most inspires you.

Share with us what motivates you and your teams and how you will get more of that in 2019.