Work. What’s It All About?
I love running. A morning run, afternoon or evening, doesn’t matter. I thrive on the burst of mental and physical energy it provides. Sometimes a running buddy and I will set off, and together, solve the problems of the world! Well, we’ll have a good go at least.
So, it’s no surprise that while out running the other week a controlled rant by my running buddy, focused my attention on the world of jobs and work.
You see, she’s searching for ‘something’.
I say ‘something’ because she has no idea what that ‘something’ is. I was surprised. To an outsider she’s successful; earns a good salary; but wants (no, needs) change. As our conversation continued, her motivations surfaced:
- “I’m just over it.”
- “I have to drag myself in…”
- “And doesn’t matter how hard I work, nobody even notices…”
- “I can’t escape the politics…”
Get the picture? Me too.
Disillusion has destroyed all motivation. She’s over it!
Understanding why people work
A 2015 article by Jessica Gross on ideas.ted.com titled ‘What Motivates Us at Work?’ looks beyond money to the less tangible but equally important rewards such as positive reinforcement, pride, appreciation, and helping others.
In other words, the personal rewards that give our lives meaning. Gross quotes behavioural economist Dan Ariely:
“When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it: meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc.,”
Money is not the only motivator
Let’s be clear, money certainly matters. But money alone is not reward enough.
I suspect many who read Jessica’s article will agree. They may even think it’s obvious. Which makes me wonder, why are so many people (like my friend) feeling disillusioned and ready to retreat from the workforce?
Of course knowing what the issues are is not the same as addressing them. Perhaps there’s a perception amongst workers that it’s all corporate talk and no action?
A culture where people come first
Jessica Gross’s article highlights seven key motivators for people in all aspects of their lives, not just work. I can identify with all of them.
In the direct selling business, we have a unique culture. We believe:
- People come first (both consultants and customers)
- People prosper when we create an inclusive, welcoming environment
- People flourish when respected, appreciated, encouraged and supported
- People excel when their achievements are recognised and rewarded
- Our industry thrives through the people it supports.
Actually, there’s a simple (and well known) formula: treat others as you wish to be treated yourself.
Allow people to thrive and they will
Yes, ‘allow’. Give people space, support and encouragement and watch them fly!
Our industry encourages and celebrates its people: their every step, no matter how small.
Why? Because often, it’s the little things that ultimately, bring the greatest satisfaction.
Motivation creates momentum
Motivation feeds off itself to create momentum. It’s powerful!
I know. As a marathon runner, I’ve felt the sheer exhilaration of reaching the finish line. Starting with apprehension, pushing through the pain barrier and the breath-taking emotion at the end. It feels great and for some crazy reason, I can’t wait to do it all over again.
EQ is not just an acronym used by senior management
Direct selling is about far more than money. It’s about people, and for people. And that’s what makes it different.
Can you earn a good income†? Oh yes. And for some, a very generous one at that.
† People working within direct selling are independent contractors