3 Layers of Motivation (Updated for 2018)

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Three Layers of Motivation

Andrzej Marczewski

Gamification Consultant with Motivait. I love to write about it, talk about it and bore people to death with it! If you really want to get to know me, check out the About page.

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9 Responses

  1. Enrique Gutérrez says:

    If motivation works then we only have to have a good theme/narrative to make workers aware of their importance in the company. Motivation should be intrinsic. Money is always extrinsic, I love when ss feel than intrinsic satisfaction of learning “by themselves” http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jBws1CRvCH8/U81fSnxCEkI/AAAAAAAAAQE/qpDhVws9xss/s1600/140120-the-right-motivation.jpg

  2. Michelle Andreassen says:

    I totally get your point and I think it’s great to make people aware of the fact that gamification only works if people are satisfied when it comes to their core needs.

  1. January 13, 2014

    […] The more I consider motivation, the more I realise it is one of those things we in gamification use as a catch all. It’s a bit like how we treat the term “game mechanics” and, well, gamification!  […]

  2. January 15, 2014

    […] The more I consider motivation, the more I realise it is one of those things we in gamification use as a catch all. It’s a bit like how we treat the term “game mechanics” and, well, gamification!  […]

  3. January 15, 2014

    […] The more I consider motivation, the more I realise it is one of those things we in gamification use as a catch all. It’s a bit like how we treat the term “game mechanics” and, well, gamification! Generally speaking, you will hear the terms intrinsic and extrinsic when motivation is spoken about. You will hear Deci & Ryan, Dan Pink, Maslow and more spoken about. However, when it comes down to it our argument is always the same. Intrinsic motivation is always better than extrinsic rewards. At times you will also hear a futher comment that a balance of extrinsic rewards and intrinsic motivation will yield the best results. I myself bang on about RAMP; relatedness, autonomy, mastery and purpose. I talk about supporting these motivators with well planned and thought out extrinsic rewards and nudges. However, It seems to me that motivation has several layers and we only seem to speak about one or two of them. There is a more fundamental and core level of motivation that we all seem to ignore. I have spoken about it before here, but I wanted to make my case more clearly! Let’s think about your job for a moment. Most go to work for one reason, to earn money. Money leads to security. It provides you shelter, it keeps your family safe, it provides food for you all. Before money and jobs and the like, this was all much more primal. You secured your family by physically protecting them. You hunted for food and you built shelters. Now, this is all handled for most by getting money. We don’t need to hunt or build huts for ourselves, we buy all of those things. If we extrapolate that, and take a look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs again, we see the most core motivations for humans are physiological needs and safety / security.  […]

  4. January 15, 2014

    […] The more I consider motivation, the more I realise it is one of those things we in gamification use as a catch all. It’s a bit like how we treat the term “game mechanics” and, well, gamification! Generally speaking, you will hear the terms intrinsic and extrinsic when motivation is spoken about. You will hear Deci & Ryan, Dan Pink, Maslow and more spoken about. However, when it comes down to it our argument is always the same. Intrinsic motivation is always better than extrinsic rewards. At times you will also hear a futher comment that a balance of extrinsic rewards and intrinsic motivation will yield the best results. I myself bang on about RAMP; relatedness, autonomy, mastery and purpose. I talk about supporting these motivators with well planned and thought out extrinsic rewards and nudges. However, It seems to me that motivation has several layers and we only seem to speak about one or two of them. There is a more fundamental and core level of motivation that we all seem to ignore. I have spoken about it before here, but I wanted to make my case more clearly! Let’s think about your job for a moment. Most go to work for one reason, to earn money. Money leads to security. It provides you shelter, it keeps your family safe, it provides food for you all. Before money and jobs and the like, this was all much more primal. You secured your family by physically protecting them. You hunted for food and you built shelters. Now, this is all handled for most by getting money. We don’t need to hunt or build huts for ourselves, we buy all of those things. If we extrapolate that, and take a look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs again, we see the most core motivations for humans are physiological needs and safety / security.  […]

  5. January 22, 2014

    […] Money is really a motivator, but not in the way many enterprises think. Here is a look at 3 layers of motivation hat may help.  […]

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