Bust­ing mo­ti­va­tional myths

Ottawa Business Journal - HR Update - - Employee Engagement -

In a re­cently pub­lished book, Ot­tawa-area con­sul­tant and pub­lic speaker Denis Cau­vier dis­pels the top 10 mis­con­cep­tions about what gets em­ploy­ees fired up and pro­vides in­sights into what ac­tu­ally mo­ti­vates in­di­vid­u­als.


The idea that money is the only hu­man mo­ti­va­tor is per­haps the most com­mon – and maybe even the most danger­ous – of all the mo­ti­va­tional myths. In fact, money is not a mo­ti­va­tor in the long run.

If some­one doesn’t have enough money to pay their bills and take care of their debts, then of course money be­comes a mo­ti­va­tor. This is a very pri­mary need within the Hi­er­ar­chy of Needs, ac­cord­ing to Maslow. Once some­one has enough money to meet their ba­sic needs though, and per­haps just a lit­tle bit left over, money be­comes much less of a mo­ti­va­tor.

The na­ture of the job, the type of peo­ple, the work hours: all th­ese things be­come much more im­por­tant fac­tors in mo­ti­vat­ing the per­son.

For ex­am­ple, have you ever known any­one – per­haps even your­self – who has been of­fered a dif­fer­ent job that would have paid a lot more

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