After releasing their Career Motivation Test and collecting data from over 6,000 test-takers from every walk of life, Psychtests AIM Inc. uncovered just how unique people are when it comes to naming what motivates them at work. Their analysis determined that the top three work motivators were Achievement, Learning, and Inspiration. So employers, you no longer need to pay decent wages to your employees, right? Wrong. Money still talks, even when other incentives are in place.
Psychtests defines the Achievement motivator as, “a sense of satisfaction at reaching goals or rising up to meet challenges at work.” My friend in accounting has an opportunity to travel to India for the month of October. “We want you to run the project,” he was told. I thought that sounded like an honor. He scoffed and said, “They’re not giving me any extra money.” He will travel around the world, away from family, friends and familiar food, succeed on the project and in exchange? He will be satisfied when he completes the project, but without a financial piece, he feels slighted.