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Importance of Employee Motivation

Importance of Employee Motivation

Discover how meeting the fundamental psychological needs of employees drives motivation & engagement. Prioritizing these needs creates a positive impact on the bottom line.

Mrs. Jayashree Ohol
March, 29 2023

One of the fundamental forces that drives people is motivation.

According to the Self-determination theory (SDT), high-quality employee engagement and higher well-being can result when fundamental psychological needs are met.

The three fundamental psychological requirements are relationship, competence, and autonomy (personal & social).

It further states that the higher the level of satisfaction, the more initiative and motivation it generates. These demands are our basic psychological needs, and we learn to grow along with them.

We require close interaction with our parents in our formative years. We learn to walk, feel objects, and examine our surroundings as we become older because we need to master our bodies more and more.

Then, as a type of autonomy, we grow a variety of emotions that support our behavior.

In a similar manner, this carries over into the lateral aspects of life, such as school, college, and finally the workplace.

How psychological requirements and employee motivation are related

Employee motives and needs have long been considered in motivational research.

According to Marylène Gagné's research report, our fundamental psychological requirements greatly influenced our motivation.

I've tried to group some of the critical aspects that motivate employees under the heading of basic psychological requirements.

It might resemble this! These may not be all of the motivational variables, but they are unquestionably some of the key ones.

Imagine if we were all looking for work because we needed the money.

As the days go by, we strive to strike a balance between our work and our relationship desire for work-life balance.

Organizations also offer all employees and their families health insurance.

Another crucial aspect of self-care is health, which eventually falls under the category of autonomy requirement.

Fulfilment of fundamental needs is the end result of the entire process.

An employee who is extremely satisfied with their work will eventually be more driven, productive, and simple to keep around.

Or, to put it another way, needs are desires.

Everybody strives to get the desired result (achievement or affiliation)

An employee will work harder to achieve a goal if they are more motivated to do so.

In this approach, we may relate these psychological demands to nearly every aspect that influences employee motivation.

Few employee motivation factors are being discussed.

1. Employees Engagement

Leaders who are emotionally intelligent have strong staff engagement skills.

For instance, parents pay attention to their children's whole growth in addition to merely feeding them.

Similarly, to this, leaders should emphasize intrinsic motivational reasons rather than merely financial rewards.

2. Prevent Burnout

Boomerang effects are caused by workplace burnout. In this situation, highly committed workers burn out quickly.

Because of the likelihood of overwork, tiredness, and a lack of work-life balance that comes with high involvement.

Positively, the person is enthusiastic about their work, but they are also under a lot of stress and frustration.

3. Put more emphasis on internal motivation

There is no way to quantify intrinsic rewards.

It is a sense of being recognized and respected for your work, the highest level of personal fulfilment from the job, and having plenty of freedom while carrying out the work.

Also, the growth of abilities, involvement in decision-making, and faith to overcome problems at work.

This will facilitate the development of a realistic, healthy perspective on employee motivation.

Every organizational leader, in my opinion, should take the time to carefully consider their policies and provide room for variables that motivate employees in the workplace on a daily basis.

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