Are Employee Motivation and Engagement the Same? (Infographic)

By Alicia Croke

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019 @ 09:00 AM Accountable Leaders & Teams

    Recently, I started on a journey to be healthier and more active. As I was running on the treadmill last Are Motivation and Engagement the Same?week, I thought to myself, "Are motivation and engagement the same?" There are quite a few times when I am at the gym motivated but not necessarily engaged with what I am doing. I am motivated to run a mile, but my mind could be engaged a million miles away. 

    As an employer, you want your workforce to be both engaged and motivated. With employee engagement at around 32.6%, it is important to know the difference between engagement and motivation.

    Engagement is an active agreement to do something for someone. Motivation is the will to do something. Both are critical to creating high performance teams.

    How do you know if you have a highly motivated, engaged workforce?Tweet: How do you know if you have a highly motivated, engaged workforce? @RhythmSystems Check out the examples below to see the difference between motivation and engagement.

    Employee Motivation and Engagement Examples:

    1. Employees have an emotional commitment to their work. (Engagement)
    2. Employees feel like their work is meaningful. (Motivation)
    3. Employees continually learn and seek knowledge. (Engagement)
    4. Employees take the initiative on tasks and projects. (Motivation)
    5. Employees are persistent in their personal and company goals. (Engagement)

    If you're a visual person, here's an infographic illustrating the differences between engagement and motivation:


    Here are a few quick tips to keep your team both engaged and motivated: 

    1. Make sure you have complete clarity with your team so they know what goals they are working towards.
    2. Celebrate improvements and accomplishments. Make sure your team knows they are appreciated!
    3. Set realistic goals using Red-Yellow-Green success criteria.
    4. Encourage your team to continuously learn and improve their skills.
    5. Engage your team in annual planning and quarterly planning sessions. Your team will be more motivated when they helped create the plan they are now executing.
    6. Communicate, communicate, communicate! During your weekly staff meeting, encourage constructive conversation. Encourage feedback from all employees.
    7. Different personalities work better in different environments. Consider different personality styles and preferences as you engage and motivate team members.

    To find out more about employee engagement, check out our Employee Engagement Resource Center! Good luck motivating and engaging your team!

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