So, do you do your job for the love of it or simply for the money?  A post over at is looking at how much do project managers make and it got me thinking – how much of our what we do as a job is focused around what it earns us and how much does it motivate us to do well and improve our processes and activities?

While of course our salary is important – we can’t pay our bills and put food on the table without it, in terms of the job we select and what were paid for it, does salary also have a bearing on how much we try to perform and solve problems that come our way?

In the world of continuous improvement, audience participation and engagement in problem solving is absolutely vital.  I’ve seen an awful lot of people in an awful lot of organisations who simply turn up for the pay check and do not feel motivated to do anything other than there core duties.

Sure, you may argue that continuous improvement is part of any job, and you’d be right, but for many there needs to be a motivation or a benefit that helps engage the stakeholder in helping bring about change rather than just go through with the usual routine.

Of course the obvious is bring about change and your job will get easier – but when so much of improvement today is focused on cost out – how many organisations share the savings with their employees?  And would this make a difference in driving a culture of improvement if there was personal gain at the end of it.

Remuneration is clearly important and to get top calibre people you pay top rates but i do think that for the people on the shop floor remuneration and the structure of bonus and incentives, from simply rewarding suggestions through to the actual deployment of  improved processes, can be a powerful agent in facilitating change.

What do you think?

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