Before we put forward the business case for motivation, let's see it through the human experience.
Think of a time when you have had low motivation, what does that feel like? Time seems to drag, tasks and interactions are effortful and, when a problem comes up, we see it as a blocker. How productive are you when you feel like this? How resilient? How does work feel?
Just thinking about low motivation is likely to have impacted how you feel right now!
Now, think about a time when you are highly motivated at work. How does that feel? Time skips past - you are in a place of flow bringing your full self to work, solving problems, overcoming difficulties and interacting with others with a 'can do' attitude. At this time, how productive are you? How much are you enjoying the human experience of work?
Harnessing motivation increases productivity and performance. Motivation, when combined with skills and behaviours, can be directed to delivering outcomes, results and impact that constitute success. Done properly, and these outcomes are sustainable as individuals will gain motivation as a result of their efforts, and not simply expend effort.
Why is motivation so important?
When an organisation is able to align the skills and behaviours of its people towards a vision, it is able to get results and build culture - but is it sustainable without motivation?
When an organisation is able to align the motivations of its people towards its purpose, it is able to build engagement - but are people delivering on the how (using the appropriate skills and behaviours to deliver on the what)?
When an organisation provide an environment where people are able to build the skills and behaviours that build their motivation, they build talent - but in what direction is this talent focussed?
To build strong positive culture, develop high levels of engagement and nurture talent, you need all three ingredients of performance to be aligned: the what, the how and the why bother.
It is motivation which ensures it is sustainable.
How do you harness motivation?
Until recent times, motivation has been left to happenstance. Unlike productivity and performance, it has been seen as difficult to measure. It has been seen as an intangible asset.
Until now, that is.
Motivational Maps is a diagnostic tool that enables individuals to understand what drives them. It gives them a measure which shows the intensity and relative importance of nine motivators at work. What's more, is it shows how well each motivator is currently being met - and so enabling an individual to put in place an action plan to increase or maintain their current level of motivation. By creating a common language around motivation, and a measure, it makes the invisible, visible.
Maps from different people can be combined to give data on team motivation and organisational levels of motivation. Imagine being able to pinpoint what's driving each team, what reward strategies will be most effective, what's enabling and derailing performance. Map can help you do this. To find out more about Motivational Maps, click here.
The business case for motivation
When an organisation is able to align the what, how and why bother of its people to the what, how and why bother or its teams and, ultimately, the organisation, it is able to succeed. We can show you how. Contact us to find out more.