Talent Connection Blog

New research shows that neither the carrot nor the stick will serve as a motivational tool for some employees. A study by the University of Iowa states that a worker’s personality must fit the job requirements, otherwise he or she will not be motivated by external factors, regardless of the appeal of the carrot or the pain of the stick.

The authors of the University of Iowa study—Mick Mount and Ning Li—explain that candidates’ personalities can be observed on a five-part scale: extraversion/introversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness to experience. Mount claims, “the implication for business, then, is that we first need to understand which goals matter to employees and then match those goals to characteristics of jobs so we can make work more meaningful and intrinsically motivating to the person.”

Fortunately, Talexes workplace solutions are the tools to match candidates’ personalities to the role that is right for them. If you want motivated, engaged employees with an accurate job match in your organization, take a look at Talexes’ products and services to get the job done.