Make sure your employee mobile app is packed with intrinsic motivators

November 2, 2016 Yash Chitre Employee Analytics, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement Strategies, Employee Gamification, Employee Learning and Development, Employee Mobile Apps 0 Comments

When you make the decision to create an employee mobile app for your workforce, make sure it’s packed with the right intrinsic motivators that keep your people educated, informed, entertained and well engaged. So what exactly is intrinsic motivation to begin with? Well, let’s first examine the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. It’s actually a very common question I get a lot from clients and internal marketers trying to understand what gets people to take certain actions and change behaviors. It applies to both internal audiences (employees) as well as external audiences (customers) and in this case, its starts with a bit of understanding about human psychology.

  • Why do we do certain things or take certain actions?
  • What really drives behavior?
  • Does motivation arise from the outside (extrinsic) or inside (intrinsic)?

As always, let’s start off with some basic definitions first:

  • Extrinsic Motivation: this applies when we do something because we are simply told to do so. An example might be, in school we are extrinsically motivated to study hard because we want to get good grades. Good grades leads to good things, such as advancement and eventually college and career placement.
  • Intrinsic Motivation: this applies when we do something because we want to do it. Using the same academic example as above, in school we are intrinsically motivated when we find subjects of keen personal interest. We take a vested interest because we get excited by the subject matter and want to learn more. Whether or not we succeed in learning does not hinder our ability to partake in the activity of trying to experience the subject matter.

In the corporate world, this is very important when addressing employee engagement inside of an employee mobile app platform. Lots of internal marketers and HR departments look to tactics such as gamification to increase employee engagement. Gamification, as an engagement tactic, provides an intrinsic motivation for employees to become brand ambassadors, because the game lets them play and compete first (which is fun), but also learn and be inspired in the process (which is necessary). So it’s not just another boring “have to do” corporate training channel, (an extrinsic motivator), it’s a new exciting “want to do” gamified social platform. It should be thought of as “good for me” versus being thought of as “good for the company”. In the end, both the employee and company wins! (See this recent post about gaming versus gamification in employee engagement).

We’ve seen the exact same principle conveyed in external marketing. When marketers try to get consumers to check out a new product or service, they will use gamification or advanced engagement tactics as a way to get people to primarily have fun and be entertained. The side-effect or byproduct if you will, of such initiatives is organic communication of that said product or service’s inherent values. So you can see how it can also be flipped internally to have a great effect on employee communications and marketing.

If you understand how these different motivations work, you can craft an engagement plan with the right tactics that will entertain, intrinsically motivate and get your audience to start talking about whatever it is that you are selling.

Want to see an employee mobile app platform that is packed with intrinsically motivating tactics? Check out this tactics wheel diagram at hubEngage and see just how powerful this platform can be.

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