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Three factors that motivate individuals

Building a motivated workforce is a task many businesses strive to accomplish. One of the keys to creating successful employee rewards programs is understanding what makes staff members tick.

Building a motivated workforce is a task many businesses strive to accomplish. One of the keys to creating successful employee rewards programs is understanding what makes staff members tick.

A study by Dan Pink, psychology author, found that monetary rewards aren't what motivate individuals. Instead, people are inspired by their emotions, the blog Buffer App explains. Pink then applied this finding to distinguishing what makes people work hard, and identified three traits: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

For supervisors, this means trusting staff members with responsibilities and resisting micro-managing. Instead, focus should be given to providing training and development programs as well as instilling workers with a feeling that their efforts are making a difference.

When these three things merge seamlessly in a workforce, it is easier for employees to achieve a better work-life balance, which ultimately promotes a more positive office atmosphere, the blog explains.

Programs such as flexible working hours, company outings and incentives programs can help firms move toward achieving a positive and productive environment.

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