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Understanding Human Motivation is the Key to Solving the Employee Engagement Problem

The fact that some people are engaged with their work while the vast majority of others aren’t tells us that employee engagement is all about all one thing— motivation. This brings up the age old question of what really motivates people. Given that thousands of books and articles that have been written on the subject of human motivation, one would think that we’d understand it much better than we do. In reality, the issue of what truly motivates people is quite simple. It’s something called self-interest—pursuing the satisfaction of needs that are important to them. Every single one of us comes into the world already programmed to pursue the satisfaction of a set of inborn needs. This how people are genetically wired—it’s part of our DNA. From birth to death, our behavior is completely defined by our pursuing the satisfaction of those needs.

This means that if you as a leader expect employees to get excited about giving all their energy, creativity and passion to performing their jobs, you have to accept the fact that they come to work already motivated to pursue their self-interest, not yours. Furthermore, no matter how hard you try or how much money you spend, you can’t change an individual’s self-interest to make it look like yours. The only thing you can do is accept it for what it is and engage it—you must find a way to connect their self-interest with the interests of the organization. This is what employee engagement is all about.

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