What makes us go to work every morning?

    We choose, we are chosen, as it often does not match. Recently, I wondered why people often hold on to work that does not bring them satisfaction, but they go there anyway, and for years. The results of thoughts and conclusions on how to increase motivation I bring in this article.

    I divided all possible options into 5 groups:
    1. Salary
    2. Working conditions
    3. Interesting job
    4. Career prospects
    5. Personal Growth Opportunities

    Here I did not consider options when there is only one city-forming enterprise in the village and 100,500 people work there from hopelessness, as well as other depressing scenarios.


    If everybody motivates you to go to work, only a salary ¬¬- this is the worst option, especially in government organizations. This employee can still be on the corporate culture, on the values ​​of the company, he can hardly communicate with the team, and as soon as he is no longer satisfied with the patch, he will most likely leave.
    For 6-9 months, a person gets used to any salary, but what does it mean to get used to? This means that he begins to procrastinate (for more details, see the article “ Why procrastinators procrastinate ... ”), productivity drops and he starts to work “as usual”.

    Binding an employee to KPI is also not always effective.
    “We need to set big hairy, daring goals, to want to make a dent in the Universe. A person should know what he is doing, and not just want to achieve half a percent more than his colleague, ”
    Tom Peters.

    There are two interesting approaches here:
    1. McKinney and some other progressive companies have an up or out approach . The employee must constantly develop, improve skills. As soon as he stops doing this, they point him to the door.
    2. Oleg Torbosov, the founder of a very progressive HR agency, says that he doesn’t pay his employees at all in companies, not even a base salary. Only interest on profits. The seller receives a% of sales; HR receives a salary depending on the number of new employees who have come to work; the operations director receives a% of the company's turnover, etc.

    The best solution here is not to hire those employees who are only interested in salaries and do not share corporate values.
    I already wrote in the first article about one of my friends (“ Why we do not achieve the goals that we set ”). Here is one of his phrases as well as possible.
    “I can’t come to work at 8 o’clock. I agreed to a salary, not a job. ”

    Working conditions

    Almost the same as Salary, but other factors are of interest to employees here. For example, in universities, many people work for a small salary only because they are given a hostel and maybe someday they will be given an apartment or they can combine work and study in this way.
    Maybe you like a work schedule in which you can combine this work with some other more interesting or highly paid.
    Here, most often people fall into the comfort zone and prefer to work for years even for a small salary, without changing anything.

    Interesting job

    If you find a job that you like and where you can realize yourself, consider that you are very lucky, as well as your employer.
    This is especially important for young people. It is imperative for our generation that work is fun. Finishing vocational school and going to work at the plant is not about us. Since the environment in which we grew up changed very quickly, most of the features are inherent in receiving immediate remuneration for the work done, absolute disbelief in the distant future. When such a person is told that it takes ten years to work for a prosperous life, he replies: “What are ten years? We may have another country in ten years. Ten years ago there was no fast Internet, no smartphones, no wearable electronics.

    Career prospects.

    For those who want a career in the corporate sector, it is important to get into the company of your dreams, even for some not very prestigious position and work hard. It seems like obvious things, but what was obvious to our parents is not so obvious to us. We think that we’ll come so beautiful after college and they will immediately take us to a good position, with a decent salary and a secretary with long legs.
    I myself first thought about this when I read David Schwartz's book, The Art of Thinking Big.
    Moreover, if an intelligent employee comes, then it is worth taking a closer look at him and creating the conditions under which he will stay with you for a long time (see the next paragraph).

    Personal Growth Opportunities

    Here they are no longer going for a position, but for a specific boss.
    “Learn from your superiors or change your supervisor.
    If he does not teach, why do you need such a boss. "
    Igor Mann, marketer

    Previously, young people came to the apprentice to the famous blacksmith, gunsmith, or other artisan to learn skills from him and then continue his school.
    From the position of personal growth, the situation is most optimal when the boss is a perfectionist and his subordinate is a lazy person or procrastinator. I wrote about this in the article " Why procrastinators procrastinate ... ".
    At the same time, dear managers, keep in mind that such an employee should be interesting with you for a long time, otherwise he will leave you after receiving the necessary knowledge and experience. Therefore, the boss must grow with his subordinates, otherwise after a while he and you will not be interested.
    Personal growth and professional growth can also be stimulated, creating opportunities for creativity and giving tasks that require constant development.

    So, summing up, we can say that the worst option is when an employee comes for a high salary and does not share the values ​​of the company, and the best one is for an interesting job, then the motivation is enough for a long time.

    And if the work is no longer interesting, think about how to make it interesting. Pay more attention to the categories of important, but not urgent matters, to a minimum, reduce the number of unimportant not urgent matters. Life will sparkle with new colors (the use of the Ezenhour matrix in organizing a case can be found in more detail in the article “Laziness as a sign of genius. 4 types of laziness and whether it is worth fighting it” ).

    Remember, the two main and most effective motivators are interest and vanity.

    Materiel (for in-depth study):
    1. Schwartz D. The Art of Thinking Big. M .: Popuri, 2008.
    2. Peters T. Imagine! Excellence in business in an era of destruction. M .: BestBusinessBooks, 2011.
    3. Dergunova T. Formula of management. A practical guide for a novice leader. M .: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber, 2015

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    And why do you go to work? (indicate the main reason)

    • 22.9% Just an interesting job 50
    • 16.5% Good staff and working conditions 36
    • 4.1% Career Prospects 9
    • 13.3% Personal growth opportunity 29
    • 31.1% High salary 68
    • 11.9% I am an entrepreneur, I am not self-employed 26

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