Motivation is a great driver to get work done efficiently, but some people struggle with finding and maintaining workplace motivation. Although different people are motivated by different things, here are some tips for what you can do as a manger or leader to help get those around you more motivated in their job positions and work life.
Different Types of Motivation
People are driven by a variety of factors including money, power, recognition, and appreciation. Check out a previous blog post here for more details about getting motivated. Getting to know your co-workers and employees is great way to discover what drives them.
People are Different
Someone in an entry-level position is less likely to put in the same amount of effort as their manager or someone higher up in the company. It’s not because they care any less; a lot of times it has to do with the “what’s in it for me” factor. Someone who is just starting out or doesn’t know the company very well may have a hard time visualizing how they contribute to the overall goals of the organization or a career path beyond their current role. Sit down with your employees and make sure they understand why their work is important to the company, how much they are valued for their efforts, and where they want to be in 3-5 years.
Helping people feel more like a valued member of the team can encourage them to care more about their role and efforts. Assigning responsibility and giving them a say in what happens communicates to people that they are valued. A great way to improve relationships with team members is by modeling the traits of a good leader to include honesty, trustworthiness, transparency, and fairness.
Achievements and Rewards
People want to be recognized for their efforts. No matter the size of the task, it is important for them to hear that they did a job well done. Although it’s not possible in all work environments, rewards are a great way to encourage motivation and enhance intra-department cooperation. A reward could be a small item such as a gift card or the ability to leave early on a Friday. But effective rewards can also be recognition and appreciation. Providing constructive feedback and recognition is a major component in relationship building.
A Thriving Work Environment
The workplace environment itself can have a major impact on people’s work ethic and motivation. Dull surroundings that lack interaction can prohibit creativity and bring down everyone’s mood. Simple things such as celebrations for birthdays and holidays, planned team outings and gatherings to recognize and celebrate team accomplishments can all help to encourage a happier and more thriving environment.
Maintaining your team’s motivation involves many factors. Everyone may be different, but it is important to understand each person’s wants and needs to help them stay highly motivated. Try out these tips and let us know how they work for you and your team!