Regardless of all of the research and books on the subject of motivating people in the workforce, employee motivation is not fully understood and often times poorly applied. To truly understand employee motivation, we must first understand people.
Understanding people is a complex process; however, it is a necessary part of effective employee motivation. Once a leader has mastered this skill, effective management and leadership is more easily implemented.
Not Everyone Has High Self-Motivation
Self-motivation is a trait that everyone has, but the level of motivation varies from person to person. In order for any business to survive and succeed, it needs to have employees who are highly motivated. While there are scores of options for motivating employees, our research has shown that most people do not know where to start. With that said, you can improve your staff’s motivation quickly (and often times at little or no cost) by following these five steps from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan:
1. Improve the Physical Work Environment — Look for simple ways to make it more enjoyable to come to work, like putting on a fresh coat of paint, maintaining clean bathrooms or replacing some worn out carpet. Even a larger or updated company sign can bring new life to the work environment.
2. Make Work More Challenging, Fun And Interesting — Training workers in new areas and assigning new job tasks can give workers new insights about the business and improve their skill sets. This can build confidence in their ability to perform different job functions and increase worker morale.
3. Give Praise For A Job Well Done — Everyone appreciates being noticed when they do something right or go above and beyond their normal responsibilities, especially if the job is monotonous or difficult. Let employees know you appreciate their efforts.
4. Give Money Or Perks For Outstanding Performance — Make bonuses or perks a motivation for employees to work harder and better at their job. Share their outstanding performance with other employees.
5. Keep An Open Line Of Communication — You need to know if your employees are no longer challenged or have become bored with their job. The only way to become aware of this is when employees are able to communicate their desires to their immediate supervisor. Although no one can accommodate the needs of everyone, you should try your hardest to lend a proactive ear to the needs of your employees.
There are many factors that motivate people. And contrary to popular belief, money is NOT the prime motivator—pay, benefits and working conditions are typically given a low rating. Most importantly, people want to be respected, acknowledged and rewarded for a job well done.
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