Why do you like what you do?

Hey there!

I’ve just graduated this month and it is now time to focus on the next steps. Getting a job and doing a great job too! And it is really important to know what sort of job is the right fit for me.

This post is exactly about that. Not about finding jobs, but understanding the parameters for what you might want to do.

And I am going to talk about the Two-Factor theory of motivation which I came across while I was reading “How will you measure your life” by Clayton M Christensen.

According to this theory, motivation at the workplace stems from two aspects.

  1. The Hygiene factors
  2. Motivation factors

Hygiene factors are elements of work like status, compensation, medical cover, job security, company policies, work conditions and supervisory practises.

With improved Hygiene factors, you won’t begin to love your job. At max, you wouldn’t hate it. The opposite of job dissatisfaction is not job satisfaction. But, rather the absence of job dissatisfaction.

If you’ve watched The office, then you can relate to Stanley. He isn’t motivated and also doesn’t hate his job.

This makes sense when we see highly paid people still feel miserable in their careers.

Motivation Factors or intrinsic factors are things that deeply satisfy us and cause us to love our jobs.

The factors are jobs that include challenging work, recognition, responsibility and personal growth.

The feeling of doing work is intrinsic rather than extrinsic as usually perceived.

The office reference: Dwight would fall into this category who finds his work motivating and still sticks even when Hygiene factors don’t help him much

It is very common for us to choose a job based on the numbers we see on the offer letter which basically amount to all the factors which will ensure you to not to hate work.

It is equally important to know about the motivation factors for the jobs we are applying for which in most cases are absent from offer letters!

Two Minute Task
This is a simple task. All you have to do is find people from a certain company you wish to work for on LinkedIn or the website. Email/message them about stuff you’d like to know about the company.

With that,
More Power to you!


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