I've struggled a lot lately with the idea of "loving" what you do, of "living" for what you do. For me, my work is both, I love what I do and what I do drives me to push farther every day. My work is my passion...seeing something grow, change, morph - become better than it was before is what I live for.
I will admit that there have been certain times in my career where I have felt less than appreciated and there are moments when I am faced with the harsh reality that I am as replacable as the next person. This is only a J.O.B after all, but doing what I do makes me satisified overall. Perhaps that is why I've struggled with the idea that the people I work with do not enjoy their jobs in quite the same way.
Don't mistake my previous statement - I don't think everyone has to be thrilled all the time, however there attituded are almost apathetic in nature. They are here - 5 days a week collecting a paycheck. What we do and the quality of service that we do our job is of little concern to them and that bothers me. So how do I change that? Well for starters, I cannot do it alone...
A review of the research literature by James R. Lindner at Ohio State University concluded that employee motivation was driven more by factors such as interesting work than financial compensation. John Baldoni, author of Great Motivation Secrets of Great Leaders, concluded that motivation comes from wanting to do something of one's own free will, and that motivation is simply leadership behavior--wanting to do what is right for people and the organization
If I stop and look around at the climate I am currently in then I will notice these are sorely lacking in the work environment today. I think the biggest factor is that there is no leadership example to follow, in fact they are about as transparent as you can get. Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, says that true motivation boils down to three elements: Autonomy, the desire to direct our own lives; mastery, the desire to continually improve at something that matters to us, and purpose, the desire to do things in service of something larger than ourselves.
So what does all this tell us....motivation is a complex thing (as if we didn't already know that) that requires more than gobs of money. For me and my situation today - perhaps it is time to have a little chat with the boys and put them in the drivers seat towards their own motivation.