9 Types of Common Work Motivation That Employees Have, Which Are You?

Are you an employee? If so, you are one of tens or even hundreds of millions of employees in this country. You and they must have a variety of work motivation, right?

Of course, every job needs motivation and some of that motivation is not even possible for you to imagine.

I personally have been in the world of employees for more than 8 years. Ever been a salesperson at the largest bookstore in Indonesia, a lecturer assistant during college, worked as an office employee in a bank, to taste being a government servant.

With various professions that I have been in. All of these professions have different work motivation, although in general they have the same pattern.

Anything ?

Next, I summarize the work motivation that employees usually have. This is based on my experience with various professions that I have occupied.

Okay, I will divide into 2 main backgrounds, 1 (treasure, Throne and misery) 2 Sense of responsibility.

(1) Because of wealth, throne and pleasure) points 1- 5

# 1. Motivation to be financially secure with a monthly salary

This is work motivation that is most widely used to motivate and encourage work.

Having a salary every month will certainly make life easier. Because the principle of happiness in life, one of which is financial. Almost 80% of the facilities in making life easier when we have money.

And a monthly salary will help meet the coveted necessities of life. From primary needs, secondary needs to tertiary needs.

For example:

Primary needs: Buying daily necessities such as food and drink, clothing and shelter.

Secondary needs: Buying good clothes, have a dream home.

Tertiary needs: Buying a luxury car, or the need for sightseeing and pampering. Meet the needs of hobbies and so on.

This type of motivation to be financially secure with a monthly salary, this motivation will make you even more enthusiastic about working when you get rewarded money to meet the various needs you have.

The drawback is that you will no longer be enthusiastic about working when there is no monetary reward. This means that decreased motivation to work has an impact on your performance at work because your priority is to pay a monthly salary.

# 2. Want to have a coveted position in your career

Not just working and completing daily tasks. Employees with this motivation will dedicate every job to a push of limit, meaning that they work and explore more than 100% of their abilities.


Because they have to be individuals who are better than the community. With the positions they are looking for, they will continue to improve their abilities and skills to support their careers.

For example: improving leadership skills , time management, communication , financial and emotional management.

Without realizing it, by having this motivation you will be forced to compete with colleagues, be the best among work colleagues, have the best ideas and ultimately will become superior staff in any way.

Thus you will increase productivity at work at the company. You will also increase the productivity of the company where you work. This will also be useful if you are looking for another job when you feel that you have had enough at the previous company by considering various things.

# 3. Motivation provides the best work

Is there an employee working for a work? Of course there is.

This employee has the main motivation to give his best and his best work. It is not salary or career that is the main thing, this type will live up to the meaning of the work being undertaken.

Responsible in every job done. This is the type of motivation that an employee very rarely has. Positioning this position not as workers or employed laborers, they live up to the work so that they can provide their best work for the company.

# 4. Learn and seek experience

High motivation to learn and gain experience. Not all employees work for a good salary or career. There are some who want to learn and seek experience.

Usually they have complex long-term thoughts, for example wanting to learn to become employees before building a company, learn how the SOP in a company works, how the system of governance and structure of a company is, or learn how a company becomes successful.

Apart from the above reasons,

Seeking experience is usually used as motivation for those who have just graduated and are just working (fresh graduates) . For example, they are looking for experience as financial staff, administrative staff.

This motivation is usually for employees who are still in the process of apprenticeship, honorary or training. With the experience they get, they will have an advantage when they are looking for a better job.

# 5. Make work as a hobby

Imagine, what you do is your hobby, from your hobby you are paid. This is not nonsense, in fact motivation because a hobby will make you enthusiastic at work many times over. Doing work with love, no matter how difficult the work will feel easy and fun.

Don’t work just to complete obligations or just make money, because if you are only looking for money and obligations will be heavy and it will not be fun at work.

(2) Sense of Responsibility points 6-9

# 6. Family motivation at home

This sixth motivation is more specific, although it has been a little mentioned above, but at this point it will be more in depth. Because in fact for those who are already married, motivation to support their family is the main thing.

Given the wife’s family, children at home can increase work motivation. Trying not to disappoint them. work with gusto, when you find a point of burnout, remember that they are the reason you work.

Prove that you are someone who is responsible for the family. Prove it to them, make them happy with it. That what you do will affect your family at home.

Give examples and examples to your children. If you are not married, parents are the reason and enthusiasm and motivation for you to work.

Work with enthusiasm to be devoted to your parents or make your children and wife happy at home.

# 7. Work because of worship

Salary, position and experience are the number and worship is the main thing. Working is worship, being able to support a family, with a monthly salary being able to do good deeds and helping people in distress. For them, work is an obligation and is a form of worship.

Do not think too much about career positions or high salaries, as long as it is lawful then it will take precedence. Work with honesty.

# 8. Remember your biggest goals

Responsibility for the future,

Work is one way to achieve our goals and goals in life. Regardless of what your goals and ideals are, work will make money, and money will support what you aspire to.

# 9. Avoid things that can destroy morale

Look for things that make your enthusiasm decrease at work. For example, lazy to work because the distance from home and office is too far or traffic jams on the road. Find a solution, for example by looking for boarding houses close to the office and leaving early to avoid traffic jams.

That is the type of work motivation in general, okay here are 11 motivational words that can make you even more excited and motivated;

  1. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

“Success stumbles from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

  1. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

“To be successful, your desire to succeed must be greater than your fear of failure.”

  1. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”

“If you don’t build your dream, other people will hire you to help them build it.”

  1. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

“The best way to predict the future is to make it.”

  1. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”

  1. “The best revenge is massive success.”

“The best revenge is a great success.”

  1. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than you did.”

  1. “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”

  1. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.”

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.”

  1. “Success is no accident, it is hard work, perseverance learning, sacrifice and most of all love what you do.”

“Success is not accidental, it is hard work, persistence in learning, sacrifice, and most importantly, loving what you do.”

  1. “Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”

“Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”

If you want to cheer up your morning with motivational words that are full of enthusiasm, you can read more fully in our article entitled: 10 Motivational Words to cheer up your morning


Every employee has different work motivation. However, if we are able to explore our greatest motivation at work, I guarantee that morale will continue to be nurtured, and we will continue to be motivated at work.


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