Motivation or Engagement?

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Motivation or Engagement?

Encourager-In-Chief: March 1st, 2017

What’s the difference between motivation and engagement?

Hi All. It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to my March 16th guest speaker and today’s guest blogger, Steve Douglass. Enjoy...

We have all heard about motivation ever since we were in grade school and our parents tried to find out what motivated us to get better grades. I’ll never forget when my mother told me that if I could up my grade in history she would buy me the toy construction vehicle that I wanted. I remember studying my brains out and at the end of the semester I got a higher grade and along with it my desired construction vehicle. I was motivated!

Now it seems that in our marketplace currently, motivation has taken a back seat to the concept of employee engagement. So what’s the difference? Motivation is the desire, willingness, or reason for someone to do something. Employee engagement has to do with the relationship between the employee and the organization. A highly engaged employee is one who is very interested and fully immersed in their work, while a disengaged employee is not very interested and simply does not care, or even worse, deliberately tries to sabotage the company.

I’m sure you see now the relationship between motivation and employee engagement. When employees are motivated for their work, they become engaged employees. Their level of motivation is directly proportional to their level of engagement at their jobs, and engaged employees are happier and more productive to both themselves and their organization.

The question is, how do you motivate yourself and those around you? By promising some reward? By threatening punishment? The “stick and carrot” approach is the all–too–common method used. You can do it by becoming a “Force of Nature”, a concept originated by the late Stephen Covey, author of the best-selling book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

If you would like to learn more about the principles and methods used for motivation and employee engagement, come to my “Motivate Your Workplace” seminar, on Thursday, March 16th from 9:00 AM until noon at the Comfort Suites in Manheim.


Motivation doesn’t last, but neither does a shower. That’s why it’s a good idea to take one once in a while.
- Don Hutson

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