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From Bored to Boardroom: How Managers Can Reignite Employee Motivation

As humans, we often strive to perform our best at work, seeking recognition, success, and personal fulfillment. However, the question remains: are we naturally driven to excel in our jobs, or do other factors influence our motivation and performance?

Intrinsic motivation is the internal drive to engage in an activity for its own sake, rather than for external rewards or pressures. When it comes to work, intrinsic motivation can lead to better performance, increased job satisfaction, and a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment. But are humans inherently motivated by this sense of internal drive, or do external factors like pay, status, and pressure from others play a greater role?

In this article, we'll explore the concept of intrinsic motivation and how it relates to job performance. We'll examine some of the key factors that influence human motivation, including individual differences, work environments, and external rewards and pressures. Ultimately, we'll seek to answer the question: to what extent are humans naturally inclined to do their job to the best of their ability?

What influence does the work environment have on intrinsic motivation?

A work environment can have a significant impact on the intrinsic motivation of employees. Factors such as a sense of purpose and connectedness can have a positive effect on employees' motivation and job performance.

Purpose, or the sense of meaning and significance in work, can contribute to employees' intrinsic motivation. If employees feel that their work contributes to a higher purpose or a greater mission, this can increase their motivation to perform their tasks.

Connectedness refers to the relationships employees have with their colleagues and their engagement with the organization. If employees feel supported and valued by their colleagues and employers, they may be more satisfied with their work and feel more motivated to perform their tasks.

To remain intrinsically motivated to perform their job to the best of their ability, employees also need the right conditions. This can include having challenging and interesting work, receiving sufficient feedback and recognition for their work, and having sufficient opportunities to learn and grow in their role.

A work environment that promotes purpose and connectedness and provides employees with the right conditions to remain intrinsically motivated can improve employees' job performance and overall job satisfaction.