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What motivates employees
Let's first consider the three most important things that motivate people, according to Dan Pink - autonomy, purpose and mastery - and how they can be applied to motivating employees.
As far as 'autonomy' is concerned, Pink believes that we all want a certain degree of independence in our work. A good example of a company where this motivation factor is also formalised is Google. To motivate their employees, Google has introduced 20% time. This rule allows you to spend 20% of your time on a project that you find interesting, or are passionate about. This is a project that you describe yourself, in which you set the goals yourself, and is not part of your normal daily work. It allows you to express your creativity and come up with new ideas that are also useful for the company, such as Gmail and Google Maps. In addition, you work with colleagues from very different departments, because you share the same interests. That makes the 20% time even more motivational.
Quote: Most people seek a sense of autonomy in their work, and a sense of authenticity. – Dan Pink