An interesting question.
What motivates us to come into work?
Some of us, perhaps many of us, come to work each day to get a paycheck. We’re happy to be employed; we’re grateful for the opportunity; but we need the funds to live and take care of ourselves and possibly others. And that’s our primary reason for coming to work each day.
And of course there’s nothing wrong with that. Survival is a fact of life. But is there something more?
Some of us love what we do and that we are providing a helpful service or product to others.
Some of us love to be challenged by our work.
Some of us place great importance on the friendships that evolve in a workplace and we look forward to seeing our friends each day.
Some of us are curious as to what each day will bring. What will I learn that’s new today? Will I meet a very interesting person? Will I be asked to do something I’ve never done before?
The question “what motivates you to come into work?” could produce some very interesting answers.
You could also go as far as asking the applicant, “What kind of work situation would excite you about coming into work each day?”
I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know when I say the more motivated your staff are to deliver great service and work hard to help the business succeed, the more successful the business will be.
So, asking about motivation is one way to find out just what kind of employee you’ll have.
The applicant may give you a “practiced” response, but you’ll know by just observing how they answer. Do they have a sparkle in their eyes? Are they displaying some genuine passion when they answer?
Let’s find out.
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