One criticism of the Generation Y workforce is that they are not self-motivated to work but they desire all the benefits of being self-motivated. The younger an employee, the less likely the employee is to work hard without being incentivized. Forty hours a week is all the employer is going to get unless something extra is given in return.
These are generalizations, of course. It’s not true across the board.
It’s not even more evident that it’s more true today than it was for Generation X or even the Baby Boomer generation. There have always been people self-motivated to succeed, others who need to be motivated by someone else and still others who just don’t want to be motivated.
Which type of person are you? I’ve always been self-motivated and it has worked out well for me. In public accounting, those who are not self-motivated burn out quickly.
If you are not self-motivated, can you become so? Sure you can. With everything, it’s simply a choice and a shift in attitude. Therefore, I’m not going to try to make up ways for you to become self-motivated. Instead, I’m going to provide some benefits of being self-motivated so you can motivate yourself to change.
Benefits of Being Self-Motivated
1. Faster promotions – Hard-working employees who also do more than expected will be promoted faster than those who just do their jobs. Until you can show you can do the job of the person above you, there is little chance of being promoted. Do more than you’re asked. Ask for additional responsibilities. If you do these, things will work out better for you.
2. Trust – If you are self-motivated, you will work until things get done. You won’t have to be asked when projects will be complete or if you need help. Your boss will trust that you will do what you say you would do. You will get things done on time. And, with trust comes…
3. More interesting projects – It can get boring doing the same thing every day. You show up to work, go through the same routine. It would be nice to work on something different and actually interesting. Self-motivated people get those opportunities.
With more trust, you will be given more interesting projects. You’ll learn something new. You might work with different people and maybe even get to travel to other locations for the project. It will definitely be better than just punching the clock and waiting to get your paycheck.
4. Personal satisfaction – Boring and routine work isn’t very satisfying. A self-motivated person can’t stand boring or routine. Something better is always the goal. With better projects, co-workers, clients, etc. will come the opportunities to be more satisfied. You will be challenged, get more decision-making authority and have more fun. Wouldn’t you like to go home every day and think, “Wow, I love my job!”
Will You Change?
Do you want to change your routine yet? Do you want to climb the corporate ladder, earn others’ trust, work on more interesting projects and be more satisfied? I sure hope so. If not, you probably won’t last too long in the corporate world.
No one has the right to say being a “worker bee” is right or wrong. But, every company needs those people who will just do the work. However, because you are reading this, you likely want more for your life than just that. You want to like what you’re doing and feel appreciated for doing it. Realize these benefits of being self-motivated and you will find that happening.
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