Dan Pink contests that in the current business climate, staff management is no longer suitable for the 21st century employee. Our jobs today require a specific set of skills. As the content of our jobs has changed over time, our management has to change, and our working cultures should be redesigned.
According to Jasper Bergink, challenge is what drives motivation. And companies can do so much more to create that challenge.
Engagement can be reached with the help of three factors, says Pink: autonomy, mastery and purpose. We have the urge to be the director of our own lives, both in our private lives as well as in our jobs. We want to become increasingly better at what we do, something larger than ourselves.
Thus, Dan Pink recommends: We should build more software companies like Atlassian, where people have 24 hour to solve a problem posed by themselves. Or, we should learn from Google, where engineers can spend 20% of their working time on projects they believe are important. Or we can work via the ‘ROWE’ (Results Only Work Environment) eliminating fixed working hours and meetings.