What Motivates You To Show Up for Work?

Updated: Oct 29, 2018

Is the pay check keeping you in a job you don't like?

There have been many studies showing that money alone does not make us happy.

So, what does the research show?

This TedEd lesson explains three things that motivate us at work.

When I watched this for the first time I had a huge smile on my face. I realised why I was not happy at work and it is completely fine to feel that way.

It's not always the work or organisation, it's your interpretation of what these three things mean to you.

Watch this now and discover how things have changed over the years.


Here are the top things that motivate us at work, according to the research.

Autonomy (Self-direction)- freedom to be creative, manage your time and choose how to approach a task

Mastery –challenge and growth. Boredom comes from repetitive work that is no longer challenging.

Purpose – Ethically. What is the purpose of what I am doing? Am I making a difference?

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