Busting motivational myths
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.
CASH IS KING
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