The Power of Self-Esteem
Edward Ramos, MemberSelf-esteem is the result of achievement
. Achievement is the successful completion of a task that has been perceived as having some level of difficulty. Challenging work and the successful completion of such an activity is definitely a motivational factor, not a hygiene factor generally speaking.
However, depending on the industry, challenging work may be perceived as a central factor (software development, new product development).
I would add that it is vital not to paint all motivational activities (reinforcers) as equally motivational to all employees
. That is why I like the strengths approach. When we match what people are prewired to do best, with the right skills and knowledge, then you have a person that becomes energized with work and not depleted. The propensity for more "flow states" increases and energy is created with added innovation.
A useful tool is the path-goal theory
, which accounts for these individual differences in what is motivational for each employee.