Success in any business or organization can almost always be traced back to hardworking, motivated employees. We all know the difference between motivated and demotivated employees. Motivated staff are determined, purposeful and generate a positive atmosphere and ethic. Work for them is more enjoyable and this can be infectious. Now think of the opposite and then consider the impact of demotivated staff on your business or organization.
So what motivates employees? There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that, over time, work performance deteriorates as incentives increase. So if you thought that throwing money and extrinsic rewards at demotivated staff was the elusive silver bullet, then think again. The secret lies in intrinsic motivation, linked closely to implicit theories of ability to perform.