I do, but only from a perspective from the society I have been bought up in. Even then I’m making assumptions that only fit 75% of the population. What truly motivates employees to provide new ideas consist of many different elements. Before we look at what motivates employees, we need to look at the demographics of the person. What country are they in? Were they bought up in that country? are they part of any sub cultures within their community? What is their relationship to the organisations? Are they new to the business?
These are some of the questions that you need to ask about your employees before you even consider to gather feedback. I remember at university arguing how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs was inadequate, we needed something like Alderfer’s ERG theory. And till this day I still find it hard to give an out of the box reason what motivates people.
I hope you’re not expecting me to give you the answers from here on in, it’s a journey and we have only just begun.
Culture, family life, upbringing, social status, gender are all part of what makes us different. This difference is what makes us unique and amazing. But to figure out which one of these aspects drive motivation; is a hard task. We could easily assume that a cash reward is good enough; everyone want’s money, so it’s a good assumption that cash will do the job.
What amount of cash do we need to offer to get a result? How many people have entered and what are the odds? It’s all relative; if someone doesn’t feel they will get rewarded their likelihood to participate will significantly fall. Even then, cash isn’t king, can you tell me that all employees are looking for a pay raise? I encounter numerous professionals who would rather work one day a week less than have a raise or work one less hour per day.
I don’t have all the answers and this is not a paper on how we can motivate employees to submit feedback that results in amazing innovation. I am simply opening the dialog to the possibilities. Later I will be discussing more points on motivation and how you can get the most from your innovation goals.