The Illusion of Choice

by SmartBlog

Choice: management’s dilemma. Heidi Grant Halvorson, writing for SmartBlog, discusses how employee motivation shifts depending on the perception of choice.

“Again and again, studies show that the greatest motivation and most personal satisfaction comes from those goals that we choose for ourselves. Self-chosen goals create a special kind of motivation called intrinsic motivation, the desire to do something for its own sake.”

So if you’re looking to develop your employees by giving them the illusion of choice, here are Heidi’s 3 steps:

    1. Explain why the  goal they’ve been assigned has value:

Don’t just tell them to do something; explain the goal’s value. This will bolster their motivation.

  1. Allow your employees to decide how they will reach the goal: An individually-tailored approach to problem-solving will give them a heightened sense of control.
  2. Invite your employee to make decisions about peripheral aspects of the task: Even if the decisions aren’t earth-shattering (i.e. what should we have for lunch?), it will still give your employee a sense of control.

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