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Motivate Yourself & Your Workforce - Understanding the Utilitarian Interest 

The Workplace Motivators Assessment accurately measures how a person scores in six motivation dimensions, which helps us understand why people do what they do.  This area does not measure ability; it reveals interest and motivation toward certain activities.

People who score Utilitarian/Economic as a top interest (number one or two) will be energized when they can spend most of their time in practical pursuits that net a return on time and energy invested. (Scroll down for more information.)

 People who rank this as their lowest interest aren’t less practical. Both ends of the spectrum value practicality. They value it in different ways.  Review this information if this is a person's lowest interest (number 5 or 6).

Each interest, high or low, of the Utilitarian motivator is important to understand for your team.  Appreciate the people around you with these drivers and apply this knowledge to help them be successful.

Utilitarian Overview 2023

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More Information About The Utilitarian Motivator

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Top Stressor and Dissatisfier: Sometimes we can feel dissatisfied with what we working on without understanding exactly what is stressing us out. There are stressors and dis-satisfiers for each different type of motivator. Understanding Workplace Motivators can be a gamechanger! It helps people understand what their stressors are, so they can work to avoid them.  

Potential Blind Spot: Of the six different Workplace Motivators, each has something they can “overdo” without realizing it. (Like a blind spot when driving, others see it but we don't.) Understanding what we tend to overdo can help in our personal and work lives, serving as a ‘watch out’ for over-utilizing strengths.

What Someone with this Top Motivator Will Feel Most Rewarded By

We all thrive in environments that reward our top motivations. Our Motivators are part of our greatest strengths and are the key to high-performance. Part of job fit is about ensuring that what the job rewards is also what rewards our natural drivers! Are you ready to capitalize on your and your team's strengths and natural drivers?

The Utilitarian Workplace Motivator can also be called the Practical motivator as this person has a natural drive to get a return on investment of time, energy and resources.

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If Utilitarian is Ranked #5 or #6, Least Interested:

If this motivator is ranked #5 or #6 it least interested, their approach might be, "I tend to give freely of my time and don't like being primarily judged by efficiency"

  • These people are driven by completing tasks for the sake of completion, with little expectation of personal return.
  • They contribute to a project with minimal expectation of personal return and are focused on accomplishing tasks for the sake of accomplishment. 
  • They tend to focus on the greater good versus a return on the investment of their resources
  • They have specific workplace needs and stressors. They are focused on viewing people for who they are, not for what they do, and they want their work to contribute to the greater good. 
  • To get them fully engaged and invested in a project, explain how the desired outcome will support others in the workplace. 
  • Focus on the completion of tasks as well, not just stressing economics or ROI.
  • These people thrive when they’re able to create processes with unlimited resources, time, or access to people. 
  • While that’s obviously not possible for most projects, building in time for them to get settled and focus on the process, not just the outcome will result in optimal results.
  • Keep an eye on your team members who focus in this way, and make sure that they’re not overextending their abilities. 
  • If they’re involved in a project they’re extremely passionate about, they will be more likely to waste resources, ignore time and talent constraints, and put their all into it despite possible personal circumstances, like financial commitments or stress levels.

Each interest, high or low, of the Utilitarian motivator is important to understand for your team.  Appreciate the people around you with these drivers and apply this knowledge to help them be successful.

Anne Frank

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