This article might be described as a great big disclaimer to Management and Motivation Part 2 - 7 Motivating Factors. In that article, I described several basic motivational factors I have observed in people over the years.
Reality, however, is rarely that simple. Here, I hope to add some texture to that discussion by describing some exceptions and special circumstances where people are motivated differently than they might be otherwise.
When a person is lacking something important in their life and work, it changes their outlook and the way they respond to motivation. Here are some examples of areas of lack which can significantly impact motivation:
How a person is motivated can and will change over time, as they mature and as their needs change. As a manager, you need to regularly re-evaluate your people, and make sure you have not stuck them with a label which no longer applies. If people are becoming disgruntled or productivity is on the decline, ask yourself if their motivating factors have changed, but your style of motivation has not kept up.
Motivating people not only requires that you adapt to individuals, but that you adapt to individual circumstances.
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