The carrot-stick method of motivation might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Studies find that motivation needs to be tailored to an employee’s personality type. Chad Brooks reports some recent findings:
- Personality traits break down into four higher-order goals: status, autonomy, achievement and communion.
- When a job aligns with an employee’s personality toward one of those goals, the employee does better.
- An employee with a higher-order goal of status will perform poorly in a repetitive job with little advancement.
- An employee who wants autonomy will not be motivated by the promise of promotion. He doesn’t want to be in charge of others.
Businesses can promote motivation by discovering which goals matter to employees and finding positions that match those goals.
— Adapted from “Why Motivating Employees Depends on Their Personality,” Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily.