Professional Development

Employee Motivation for Employees

People have different motivators at work, and the reasons are multifaceted beyond the paycheck. Work extends into all areas of life and happiness.  Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the supervisor’s role to motivate employees – there are many opportunities and strategies that employees can utilize to motivate themselves overall. This series is for employees who want to better understand how they can work on all aspects of motivation.  Motivation can come from many areas.  Likewise, many aspects of life may hamper motivation.  Therefore, this series covers a wide range of whole-person solutions for use in life and work. 

Topics include:

  • Finding Your Purpose at Work
  • Holding Yourself Accountable
  • Finding the Motivation to Do Difficult Things
  • Cultivating a Growth Mindset
  • Navigating Change Successfully
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Avoiding Burnout

Instructions to Complete this Series

Program participants must complete the five (5) courses and complete them within one year in order to receive credit in GEMS and a certificate of completion.

The courses in this series may be accessed for free through LinkedIn Learning with your USF NetID. Click here for instructions on accessing courses directly on the LinkedIn Learning website.  To receive credit in GEMS for completion of the Problem Solving Series, please do the following:

Upon completion of the online courses, email all five (5) of your certificates from LinkedIn Learning in one email with your Employee ID number to Your Employee ID number is an 11 digit number beginning with zeroes. You can find your Employee ID number in USF PersonSearch at After logging in and finding your record, click the green "view" button next to your name to reach the screen with your employee ID.

Complete the following 5 courses for the Employee Motivation Series for Employees: 

Finding Your Purpose at Work (56 minutes)

"A lot of times, people think purpose is reserved for those who found their noble calling when they were five, and always wanted to be a teacher or a nurse, and the rest of us are left to slug it out in corporate America. That belief is wrong. Join experts Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod to learn how to find more purpose, happiness, and fulfillment in the job you already have. In this course, Lisa and Elizabeth are bringing in a range of guests from a variety of roles and industries who have found and held on to a sense of purpose. Learn how to discover your purpose through self-exploration and conversations with your managers. Plus, find how to bring your purpose into interactions with customers, your boss, family, and friends. Lisa and Elizabeth also introduce a game-changing exercise that will reignite your passion—in just 10 seconds." - Description from LinkedIn Learning

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Holding Yourself Accountable (36 minutes)

"Being accountable is more than just being responsible for something—it's also, ultimately being answerable for your actions. To hold yourself accountable, you must find the motivation to do difficult things. You need to amplify the urgency of your mission, know why it matters, and understand how taking responsibility helps you become the kind of person you want to be. In this course, personal branding expert Dorie Clark helps you adopt the accountability mindset. Dorie outlines specific, practical steps you can take to implement accountability." - Description from LinkedIn Learning

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Cultivating a Growth Mindset (59 minutes)

"Mindset is a choice. People with a growth mindset—who choose to believe that talent and ability can grow—experience better performance, focus, and success. You have the power to change your mindset. The key is learning how to make the shift. This course shows you how. Executive coach Gemma Leigh Roberts introduces real-life examples of individuals and organizations who have successfully adopted a growth mindset, as well as the latest research from the fields of performance psychology. She boils down the lessons into practical advice you can apply to reach your own potential. Plus, get tips to stay motivated and help you navigate change successfully." - Description from LinkedIn Learning

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Overcoming Procrastination (25 minutes)

"Is procrastination preventing you from achieving the goals you want or need to accomplish? In less than half an hour, this course can help you identify why you delay and how you can overcome your procrastination habit once and for all. Instructor and Kelley School of Business senior lecturer Brenda Bailey-Hughes shows how to separate procrastination from other behaviors and identify what causes you to put tasks on the back burner. Throughout the course, Brenda helps you address your procrastination head on, providing strategies that address common reasons for stalling—from boring tasks to an overall lack of confidence." - Description from LinkedIn Learning

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Avoiding Burnout (32 minutes)

"Prolonged periods of stress—related to your work, your home life, or your health—can lead to burnout. Burnout reduces our productivity and saps our energy, leaving us overwhelmed by everyday tasks and feeling increasingly cynical and resentful. In this course, Todd Dewett helps you recognize some of the most common causes of burnout, such as long hours, too much travel, tight deadlines, and no vacation, so that you can figure out how to prevent stress from building up and help yourself recover." - Description from LinkedIn Learning

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