Motivation is worth its price in gold as managers scramble to find the key that gets their employees to work harder and accomplish more. The secret to motivation is to understand and treat each employee as unique contributors.
Not all workers are the same. Some are motivated by external factors while others are more internally motivated. Active listening to each employee can make a big difference in understanding their needs. Some examples might include:
Money: A powerful basic motivator for maintenance and status.
Recognition: For those seeking status and social influence.
Purpose: For those who want to make their life meaningful.
Creative and intellectual: Important for those who want to use their minds and creative abilities.
Independent: As mature they wany independent work.