Self-motivated employees are the most productive in the workforce. Managers are willing to give them more latitude and freedom with their work because of their productivity. However, this type of employee is difficult to find because several factors have to come together for this to happen. You, as a leader, have the power to instill a self-driving attitude in your employees by developing their intrinsic motivation.

Develop Intrinsic Motivation in Employees

An employee’s intrinsic motivation is their inherent drive to face new challenges and discover new possibilities—something that ties with their social and cognitive development within and outside the office. Social context situations such as rewards or feedback about work lead to experiences of competence and accomplishment. On the other hand, negative feedback does the opposite effect to a person’s intrinsic motivation.

Small things like thank you notes, acknowledgement of contributions and more latitude in work gives an employee confidence and sets the foundation for building intrinsic motivation. Before you start praising and rewarding your workforce, they must also display competence.

Autonomy must accompany competence for an employee to see that their behavior follows self-determination by intrinsic motivation. For this to occur, there should be an immediate contextual support for both. As a manager, you must meet the needs of your workforce to keep them motivated. You accomplish this through appropriate compensation, bonuses and other forms of material rewards based on performance. Other ways include; creating a culture and environment conducive for work and providing them with more than just monetary benefits.

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