Rating Your Motivations for Working.doc - 2b • Activity Rating Your Motivations for Working Why do people work For many a quick answer would be “to

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2b Activity Rating Your Motivations for Working Why do people work? For many, a quick answer would be “to earn money.” Money, however, isn’t likely to be your only motivation for work. For some, it may be no motivation at all. Additional reasons underlie the need to work. People have interests or talents they wish to use. They may have ambition or social concern they need to express. They may wish to be useful, to change the world, to be admired, to be challenged. They may want to create something. Everyone has unique combinations of needs, wants, and values which motivate them to work. It’s important to understand your motivations for working in order to be able to identify the occupations that are most likely to satisfy you. The following exercise is designed to help you identify some of the motivations, needs, and values that are important to you. Directions: Next to each statement below is a space to assess how well the statement applies to you. For example, if the statement is “I want to have my work seen and admired by others,” circle “4” or “5” if respect and recognition from others are very important to you. Circle “1” or “2” if your own approval of what you do provides you sufficient satisfaction. Try to avoid rating too many questions in the middle of the continuum; you will not get a clear picture of your motivations and values if most of your answers fall in the middle. Choose the response that most closely identifies your feelings. SD - Strongly Disagree D - Disagree I - Indifferent A - Agree SA - Strongly Agree Rate yourself as thoughtfully as you can. There are no right or wrong answers. The best answer is what is true for you as you respond to each statement. Recognition (getting respect, prestige, social approval) SD D I A SA 1. I want to have my work recognized and valued by others. 1 2 3 4 5 2. It is important to me to be acknowledged by others in my field. 1 2 3 4 5 3. The things people say and think about me are important to me. 1 2 3 4 5 4. I want to work for a well-known company. 1 2 3 4 5 5. A title is important to me. 1 2 3 4 5 6. Promotions are important to me. 1 2 3 4 5 Reprinted by permission of Lakewood Community College, White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
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