Ilia Onischenko, Head of QA making a difference at work’ is uniquely defined by him as a key motivator of performance.
My top motivator at work is “Making a difference at work”.
It’s important to me because I like to feel like I’m having a measurable impact on the process and not just sitting around doing something small and repetitive over and over again. I want to feel like my time is being put to good use.
For me I would say it has an average impact in the short term. It is not debilitating if I cannot immediately see the fruits of my labour, but I have little time for buzzwords. In the longer term I want to evaluate my input on its objective influence on the business, so it is has a high impact on performance. I can do busywork for a short while, but I’d rather not, because I can lose focus and motivation quickly – what’s the point of this task if I’m not making a difference?
My manager supports me to explore new areas of the business and take on new responsibilities, especially in their absence. This expands my understanding of how my objectives and output impact the wider business. Fortunately this is particular driver is not in conflict with any of my other Blend drivers, so it is easy to retain focus on it.
My manager and I have one-to-ones every 3 weeks, and we almost always discuss this particular motivator. Most of these conversations are instigated by me if I feel like I am not being sufficiently challenged or what I am doing is risks being lost in the ether.
Actually this motivator has been present in all my roles over the last few years, and is one of the reasons that I enjoy working at a small company where there are many responsibilities, and the impact of me ‘ making a difference at work’ is immediately visible.