I created and presented a motivation and engagement workshop entitled “What Brings You Here?” last semester. It focused on the difference between being a motivated employee (or student) and an engaged one. We often use these two terms interchangeably as synonyms, nevertheless there is a distinct difference between the two. A motivated person is one who works because of the reward at the end whereas someone who is engaged works for the sake of or joy of completing the task. A great example of this can be found here.
While I wholeheartedly agree with this explanation and example, I’m also realistic. Students (and employees) are often more motivated than engaged. They need the grade in the course just as we need our paychecks. However, I also know that there are plenty of us who are also engaged. We go above and beyond our job descriptions because we care. And sometimes, it’s nice to get something as a reward for this. We don’t expect it, all the same it makes us feel as if the extra effort is appreciated.
You may be asking where I’m going with this, and that is a fair question. It’s that time of year when things begin to wind down and also the time when evaluations are conducted and budgets are often due. These things may appear disconnected, yet they aren’t.
As we enter our final month of workshops here at CAPE, I want to take the opportunity to thank each one of you for attending our sessions and reading our blog. While we offer our dog tags and stipends for some workshops as motivation, many of you attend because you are interested in the topic and want to learn more. We appreciate this and want to reward you in some small way when we can. This is why we have our weekly book drawings. We know that you don’t attend simply for a chance at winning a book, still, it’s always fun if you do!
So, don’t forget to include the workshops you attend on your evaluation or when you complete your faculty profile in the fall. If you don’t remember which workshops you’ve attended, Karen Duffie can provide you with a transcript upon request.
Finally, as we begin to plan and prepare for next year, what incentives or rewards would motivate you to attend (sorry – no cash or gift cards)? If you enjoy the books, which titles or topics would you like to have an opportunity to win?