Motivating Your Workforce
What is Motivation?
Motivation is an inner desire. Motivation is the desire to reach a goal. Motivated people are driven to take initiative and work hard to achieve their goals. They also remain optimistic. These characteristics are what motivate employees to be more productive and happier at work. Employers want to motivate their employees, as motivated employees can be a great asset for an organisation.
You are likely aware as a manager of the detrimental effects of employees who are disengaged. You may not be aware of how to increase employee engagement. This is because you don’t know how to make your employees feel invested in their work, and empowered to exceed expectations.
Effective communication is one of the best ways managers can motivate their direct reports. We offer some tips to help managers keep their employees motivated and working towards the shared strategic goals of your company.
Your relationship with each employee is the most important factor you can control. Managers have the greatest control over this factor. A work environment and organisational culture that encourages motivation and engagement is the second most important factor.
These are some quick tips that will help you get more motivation.
- Recognising employees creates an emotional connection between the employer and employee. This is a crucial piece of employee engagement. It also fulfills basic human needs such as self-esteem and belonging in a group.
- Recognise employees for their achievements. Everybody wants to be recognised for what they’ve done, regardless of whether it was for work or personal achievements. An employee will appreciate the recognition from higher management of a job well performed. Remember to credit where credit is due.
- Set goals to motivate employees to reach beyond their limitations and make big breakthroughs for your company.
- Individuality is a value that humans place on themselves. Human beings value autonomy. Giving autonomy to your team also shows that you trust them, which can help form the emotional bonds between employer and employee that you see in highly engaged companies.
- Motivation and mood go hand-in-hand. Because your mood can affect your ability to focus, energy, and overall well-being. You might consider investing in your workplace environment if you are looking for employee motivation strategies that work.
- Employees must know that their efforts are geared towards a goal. Employees need to see the destination. Vision is key. Visually remind your company of its roadmap. You can use words, phrases, or images to express the goals you have for your business. Understanding the purpose of your work and how it fits in the bigger picture is a big part of understanding why you do it. Your team can increase motivation by understanding how their actions impact the company, customers, or the community.
- Employees should be able to get involved in the business. This is not about autonomy, but a stake in the company. Employees should be shareholders.
- Dopamine and serotonin are two brain feel-good chemicals that have been shown to increase mood through gratitude. Brain function is also improved by gratitude. Stress activates the limbic system’s “fight or flee” response. This reduces activity in our prefrontal cortex which is responsible to cognition, decision-making, and creativity. Expressing gratitude can create a safe and calm environment for the brain that allows your prefrontal cortex work at a higher level.
- Lack of transparency can cause your company to lose the trust and credibility you have worked so hard for. You can prevent this from happening by adopting a policy that is radically transparent. Trust is the foundation of every relationship, even work relationships. Transparency is the best way to foster trust between you and your team. A team that trusts you more will be more engaged in their work. Transparency also ensures that everyone has the same information. This can be a benefit to the entire team.
People’s natural motivation can be affected by many factors. Impediments can appear suddenly due to new stress at home, or they may build up over time as a result of frustrations at work or broken promises. This can lead to negative energy being channeled into other activities or to turn a person’s positive energy in a negative direction. Employees feel like their bosses aren’t caring about them. This is a common blockage. Problem employees are often not happy with their bosses for these reasons and others. Chances are, the feelings are mutual. This makes traditional pep talks about improving performance seem insincere at best.
Motivated employees are more productive and help companies achieve their goals. It is also crucial for reducing turnover and absenteeism. Employers may not be aware of the benefits, but they sometimes feel that certain employees are difficult to motivate. This belief is in a certain sense true. Motivation is not something that can be forced. Motivation is an internal quality of each person.
Your employees will spend a lot of their time in the office. Make the office as welcoming and inviting as possible. The ideal work culture is one in which employees feel respected and treated as adults. The values, vision, mission and strategic framework that employees are expected to follow in their work is given to them. Your employees will be more motivated to come to work every day if they feel at home in a welcoming environment.
There is no single way to motivate employees. However, you can use some of these ideas and make a difference in your workplace. To learn more about Motivation contact us in regards to a short course, workshop or tailored training session.