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  • Mehak Sharma

Motivation and Job Satisfaction at workplace

Updated: Feb 5, 2023

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”

Motivation is the sole thing that drives humans to work for a specific goal. Without Motivation, humans will not have the passion and the need to work or even to do anything for that matter.

Workplace motivation may take various forms. What motivates one person may be counterproductive for another. For Example - Understanding the many levels of motivation may help individuals find ways to stay motivated at work and managers who are looking for innovative strategies to assist their teams to flourish.

Motivation is typically classified into two types: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is the motivation that comes from inside oneself rather than from outside sources, whereas extrinsic motivation comes from outside sources.

  1. Intrinsic Motivation occurs when you are inspired to complete a task because it is personally satisfying to you. If you are naturally driven to perform a task, you will almost certainly enjoy the process and do it gladly. Many activities, such as puzzles, sports, and watching movies, generate intrinsic drive. Completing a task because you are intrinsically motivated frequently leaves you feeling personally gratified. You may not have reached any specific objectives or achieved measurable outcomes, but you believe the effort required to finish the assignment was worthwhile.

  2. Extrinsic motivation is characterised by the promise of a reward or the threat of punishment. Children usually work hard in school because they want to get a reward for good marks or stay out of trouble at home. In other circumstances, people may be driven equally by both outcomes. In the office, the incentives for doing extrinsically driven activities seldom meet any of your own requirements. In reality, you'll almost certainly have to give up some of your own time, security, or energy to achieve an external aim. Extrinsic benefits typically include money, recognition, or other forms of remuneration. Extrinsic repercussions may include financial loss, punishment, or missed chances. Many people are extrinsically motivated in the job by their income and opportunities for promotion.

Job Satisfaction is one of the most important factors which contributes to a person continuing to work with the organisation. The degree to which an employee feels self-motivated, pleased, and satisfied with his or her employment is characterised as job satisfaction. Employment satisfaction occurs when a person perceives job stability, professional advancement, and a pleasant work-life balance. This means that the person is happy at work since the work fits his or her expectations.

A satisfied employee is always valuable to a business since he or she strives to do their best. Every employee desires solid professional development and work-life balance at the company. If a person is satisfied with their company and their job, they will make every attempt to contribute back to the organisation.

Job satisfaction is significant from two perspectives:

  • For Employees of the Organisation

Employees are satisfied when they make good gross pay, have employment security, continuous career advancement, receive awards and recognition, and are regularly presented with new chances.

  • For Employers of the Organisation

Job satisfaction for an employee is vital for an employer in order to get the most out of them. A pleased employee always gives more to the firm, aids in the control of attrition, and aids in the growth of the organisation. Employers must provide a decent job description in order to attract personnel and must continually provide opportunity for individuals to develop and improve.

Job satisfaction is a sort of motivation, hence motivation and satisfaction are closely associated. However, a person's work happiness and drive to accomplish the job might exist independently of one another. A person may be content with his employment, yet his drive to do the job may persist regardless of his satisfaction. He could perform the work for the money, with his happiness being secondary.

By critically analysing academic literature, I came to the conclusion that motivation and job satisfaction are very similar in terms of what employees need and want, as motivation can be seen as a need in terms of job appraisal, bonus, progression, and so on, and want is a job task in hand such as selling, demos, processing, and so on. To support this augmentation, I encountered a contradiction after reviewing literature by Hersey and Blanchard (1988), who state it in quite different terms of consequence. It is claimed that motivation is a forward-looking impression impacted by the link between performance and reward, whereas satisfaction relates to the reward obtained based on the employees' feelings. On this basis, satisfaction is considered to be the consequence of past events whereas motivation is considered to be expectations of the future.

How to Find Job Satisfaction in your Current Job?

1. Be Clear with the Roles and Responsibilities your Job Requires

If you do not know what your job requires exactly with regards to the roles and responsibilities, expectations, goals and so on and so forth , you will not be able to work efficiently leading to a decrease in the Motivation, Job Performance and Job Satisfaction.

Some employers and supervisors are ambiguous in their expectations, assign new jobs with little warning, request additional tasks without offering training, and unknowingly set people up to fail in various ways.

While you can't stop situations like this from happening, assertive communication skills can help you obtain a better understanding of what you need to do and improve your circumstances significantly.

2. Find Rewards and Recognition

We all want to be acknowledged and rewarded for our efforts. If your employer does not provide opportunities for acknowledgement, or if incentives are uncommon, you may need to incorporate rewards and recognition into your personal life. It has even been discovered that rewarding yourself increases intrinsic drive.

When you finish a project or another month of hard work, you may opt to treat yourself to a movie, a home spa experience, a lovely purchase, or other modest but nourishing incentives.

All the aforementioned things can really elevate you on an emotional level and can be a reminder of the importance of the work you do.

3. Maintain Balanced Life

Maintaining a healthy balance in your life is essential, if it's all work and no enjoyment, your capacity to work may suffer. The first step in maintaining balance in your lifestyle is to observe your existing lifestyle and identify which areas are out of harmony.

In addition to your professional duties, make sure you have more than enough time for relationships, hobbies, sleep, self-care, exercise, good food, and other vital aspects of a healthy lifestyle. If not, the next stage is to examine your priorities and make adjustments to your lifestyle to better represent them so as to not overwork yourselves.

4. Think in a Positive Manner

You may typically alter your perception of your current circumstances by altering your attitude toward them. Developing an optimistic mindset and altering negative self-talk patterns can help you see the glass half-full while also making you more productive and less stressed.

Assess your present mental state and make some adjustments in yourself so that you see things in a more positive way, and you could just discover that you're happier where you are in life.


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