What motivates you at work? It's a question we hear often, and our answers are vital to how successful we become in reaching our goals.
At LeadershipIQ, the workplace training and research company I founded, we created an online assessment survey to determine the single biggest motivation driver that keeps employees happy in their jobs. Using data from more than 20,000 people surveyed, we discovered that there are five major types of motivations that drive employee actions at work:
While no type is inherently better the other, the results showed that achievement-driven people are 44 percent more likely to love and stay in their jobs.
Achievement-driven people are different from the rest because they are less reliant on their work environment to provide them with deep meaning. That means they can love their jobs even if they don't have the best bosses or coworkers.
Power-driven people, by contrast, struggle if there aren't enough opportunities to be in charge. Affiliation-driven people find it difficult to excel in environments rife with conflict and disharmony. Adventure-driven person chafe in slow-moving environments. The same goes for security-driven people who work in chaotic and disruptive environments.
Achievement-driven people can survive in all those settings as long as they're able to measure their own success, grade their progress and set new goals for themselves.
If being an achievement-driven employee sounds appealing to you, but you feel as if you haven't truly embraced it, here are a few ways to unlock it:
Mark Murphy is a NYT best-selling author and founder of Leadership IQ. He has been ranked as a Top 30 Leadership Guru and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes and Bloomberg. He has also appeared on CNN, NPR and CBS News Sunday Morning. Follow him on Twitter @LeadershipIQ.
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