Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Secret To Making Employees Energized (Not Exhausted) By Difficult Work

If there were something you could add to your car's engine, so that after driving it a hundred miles, you'd end up with more gas in the tank than you started with, wouldn't you use it?

Even if nothing like that exists for your car just yet, there is something you can give your employees that will have the same effect ... interesting work.

Now I know what you're thinking. "Finding your work interesting is nice, but the work has to get done, interesting or not." This is the attitude many managers take when they hear complaints from employees about work being too boring, tedious, or difficult. As if interest is a luxury - something that is pleasant but unnecessary, like little chocolates on your hotel pillow.

Interest in work is not a luxury--it is a powerful motivator. In fact, research shows that finding what you do interesting and believing it has inherent value is probably the single best way to stay motivated despite difficulty, setbacks, and unexpected roadblocks.

But as they say in the infomercials, that's not all. A new set of studies shows that interest doesn't just keep you going despite fatigue, it actually replenishes your energy.

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