How to keep your work motivation high: feel connected!

Could you benefit from feeling better connected in your conservation job? Read this blog that combines a bit of theory with a bit of practice.

Like Comment

Did you know that you are better able to maintain high motivation at work when you feel well connected?

The Self-Determination Theory (SDT) is a motivation theory, developed by scholars Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, that is widely practised and researched globally. In SDT, it is proposed that the greater an individual’s experience of autonomy (freedom), competence and relatedness, the higher that person’s motivation and engagement for certain activities. Higher motivation and engagement may in turn contribute to  enhanced performance, persistence, and creativity in the workplace. Relatedness is described as feeling close to others or belonging to a social group. 

In our team, for example, we send each other Monday Morning Motivation videos in which we share what energises us in our job, which tasks of that week we are looking forward to as well as some of the challenges that we are encountering. This helps us to stay connected, especially when working from home. By supporting each other in the good times and the bad, we help each other to stay motivated. 

Could you benefit from feeling well-connected in the conservation community? Then maybe our new activity WildHub Fika is something for you. Every month you will meet another WildHub member over a (virtual) coffee in our global conservation community. Feel connected & supported, join our WildHub Fika by adding your details in the form below and we will contact you before our next monthly meet-up:

Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.
55 Contributions
94 Followers
37 Following

No comments yet.