How to Motivate Knowledge Workers, Based on Our Newest Survey

How to motivate knowledge workers

With AI (artificial intelligence) becoming a reality in workplaces around the world, knowledge workers are becoming more common and more valuable.

As Steven ZoBell recently explained, mundane tasks are being given to robots (think ATMs and high-tech software), leading to a higher demand for knowledge workers, or employees whose main asset is their knowledge and critical thinking—something robots can't bring to the table.

Watch our video "Jay Baer at LEAP 2017: The Future of Work and Youtility" to learn more about managing knowledge workers.

With 60 million knowledge workers in the United States alone, the age-old problem of keeping employees motivated will apply to those who manage knowledge workers too. So, what's a manager to do?

In a recent survey, we asked 1,000 office workers in the United Kingdom what motivates them. Their responses bring to light some new, creative tips leaders can use as they strive to inspire their teams.

Some interesting findings include:

If you work in an office, you know your environment plays a role in how motivated, productive, and satisfied you are.

Our survey questions dug into the details to find out specifically what kinds of environmental factors motivate knowledge workers. Here's what we found: