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Featured Business Blog Post: How can employee engagement increase motivation?
OK, what's really important to realise about motivation is that there are two types; internal and external.
Internal motivation is when the individual is motivated to do something because they want to and external motivation is when an individual is motivated to do something because something external has incentivised them.
Most often we're internally motivated because we love to do something, we get enjoyment from the process, or we really see the value in what we're doing.
We're usually externally motivated by things like bonuses, extra days off, or a great big slice of chocolate cake (or is this just me?)...
Most organisations have this insane idea that the more money you throw at someone the more likely they are to achieve.
In the short term, yes, external motivation can be great.
It can come like a gentle kick up the bum.
But, after a while, and if the task is particularly difficult, then external motivations lose their power.