By Mark Rounds, VP of Corporate Development

I have heard it said that “people are motivated when the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain to do it.” Seems like a negative way to look at motivation. Increasing “pain” may get a person to move, but it does not create sustainable results. To be sustainable, a person must be intrinsically motivated to perform a task in response to a combination of passion, proficiency and purpose.

Passion is the fuel that keeps a person going when the going gets tough. The concept of passion as a motivator seems to be overused these days, but nevertheless, it is an important part of motivation. The higher the level of passion in a person, the more likely one is to accomplish a goal. Passion keeps the end in focus. Without passion, there is no drive.

Proficiency is needed to accomplish the goal. A person must have the needed skills (or potential to obtain the skillset) to complete the task at hand. Proficiency can be learned: good leaders recognize a person’s potential and will teach the skills needed.

Purpose comes from an understanding of not only what is required, but why the task is necessary. When the purpose is understood, work has meaning. Without purpose, work becomes boring.

To create sustainable results in the work place, a leader must establish an environment where employees understand the vision (purpose), have the skills to accomplish the task (proficiency) and believe in the task (passion). It is in this environment where an employee will be intrinsically motivated.

Vogel Bros. Building Co. values creating a healthy environment where employees feel safe – both physically and mentally. Believing people are the key to our success, we hire talented people who are passionate about making the world a better place. We provide them with the resources to be proficient. And we educate them on the purpose. Vogel Bros. doesn’t just build buildings; we create environments in which lives in our communities are enhanced. Our motivation is much bigger than the final structure; it’s the betterment of our world.