What really motivates workers

Which of the following is most motivating to workers? 
  1. Recognition
  2. Incentives
  3. Interpersonal support
  4. Support for making progress
  5. Clear goals
If you guessed #1, you are like most managers, but you are WRONG. A multi-year motivation study with hundreds of subjects found that it is actually #4. On 76% of subjects’ best days, progress was mentioned (compared to on only 25% of their worst).

The study warns managers and leaders to “…Scrupulously avoid impeding progress by changing goals autocratically, being indecisive, or holding up resources. Negative events generally have a greater effect on people’s emotions, perceptions, and motivation than positive ones, and nothing is more demotivating than a setback…”

Read more information about this study here.