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Make It Happen Tipsheet
Career Success and Life Balance


What makes you happy at work? And what makes you unhappy? While you can probably list many items in each category, are they opposites? If something makes you happy, will the absence of it make you unhappy?

According to the pyschologist Frederick Herzberg, the answer may actually be "no". Job satisfaction is influenced by Motivators, while job dissatisfaction is influenced by Hygiene. Motivators are the things that, well, motivate you. Hygiene factors are the things that, when removed, demotivate you.

Motivators Hygiene
  • Achievement
  • Recognition
  • Responsibility
  • Work itself
  • Promotion
  • Growth
  • Working Conditions
  • Personal life
  • Pay and benefits
  • Job Security
  • Relationships with co-workers
  • Physical Environment

Said another way, if you have poor working conditions or a bad personal life, you will be demotivated, but "enhanced" working conditions or a better personal life won't necessarily motivate you. More achievement, recognition, and responsibility (amongst others) will.

This week's action item: What is the one thing that motivates you the most? Schedule more of it in this week. What is the one thing that demotivates you the most? Address the problem by delegating it, doing less of it, or ignoring it - whatever it takes to have better "hygiene".

Management Postscript: Consider those you manage. Are you providing both Motivators and Hygiene?


Randall Craig is an expert on Career Planning, Work-Life Balance, and Networking; to find out how his workshops, webinars, and keynotes can help your team or add to your event, contact him through www.PersonalBalanceSheet.com, or by email at editor@ptadvisors.com.

Make It Happen Tipsheet
Comments or questions? let us know: editor@ptadvisors.com

Copyright © 2009 Knowledge to Action Press and Randall Craig. All rights reserved.
Publication Date: September 22, 2009

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