Research shows that leaders believe that perks, promotions or pay keeps employees motivated. Though there are many myths that keep employees from being motivated. Many argue that doctors and firemen find meaning and that they do not in their work. This limits motivation and overall productivity. By helping employees realize the invalidity of these myths, you can provide employees meaning with their work and increase overall morale.
- The problem with perks is that they soon become expectations and have more power to disappoint than motivate.
- The excitement of a promotion is often quickly replaced by a more demanding and draining new norm.
- So be a myth-buster and tap into the amazing motivational power of helping your employees find more meaning in what they do and where they do it.
“You can engage in what Yale Professor Amy Wrzesniewski calls job crafting, where you take the degrees of freedom in your job and reshape the tasks you do and the way you interact with others to feed what gives you meaning.”