“What we were never told about human motivations and the meaning of work”, by Manuel Guillén
Under the title: “What we were never told about human motivations and the meaning of work”, Manuel Guillén, founder and General Director of the IECO-UV Chair of Business Ethics, presented his paper last February 8th in our showroom to about 40 people belonging to the Royo Executive Committee, CERE – Royo Executive Committee in Spain – and members of the leaders program.
His target? To conceive an integral vision of motivation, not only in the personal but also in the working environment, always bearing in mind Maslow’s pyramid. The need to be recognised, to have rewards, to continue learning and to be happy are four fundamental pillars that motivate people in the personal sphere, but above all in the professional one. These four ideas, recognised as intrinsic and extrinsic assets, are collected in Maslow’s pyramid.
Now, bearing in mind that these are the theories of “what motivates us”, it is necessary to know the theories of “how we motivate ourselves”. Where are ethics? Beyond intrinsic and extrinsic assets we find moral assets: respect could be one of them, so it is important to recognise that, in the workplace, human excellence is sought, not only technical and professional. Nevertheless, these concepts -respect or affection- can undoubtedly be extrapolated to the personal sphere. And if we go further, we cannot ignore the spiritual assets that motivate each person.
In any of the areas, people are driven by a set of motivations – already explained -, so it is essential to find the perfect balance that gives us happiness and freedom. This is what Guillén said in his last conference for Royo within our collaboration framework with the Research Chair of the University of Valencia and the Institute of Ethics and Communication of the Organisations of the same.