It's a tough time of year for employers who
are struggling to motivate their employees. Unfortunately, motivating people is
far from an exact science. There's no secret formula, no set calculation, no
work sheet to fill out. In fact, motivation can be as individual as the
employees who work for you.
Motivation is about moving people to act in
a way that achieves a specific and immediate goal. Although each employee is
different, I've done some research and have found a few useful ideas.
Processes are important
Setting clear expectations and processes to reach a
specific goal is a great way to motivate
employees and keep them on track. It’s important that employees understand
the bigger picture and how their tasks fit into the overall results. Sometimes
teams procrastinate because they don’t think it would affect others in putting
off certain tasks. Little do they know that what seems irrelevant to them is
actually a cornerstone for your next steps and that a project might not be able
to move forward until they finish that step. You might need to explain the
chain of events that are necessary to accomplish the big goals. No step is
Give employees time to socialise
During crunch times we are often reluctant to take time out for socialising
as we don’t want to break the team moment or think we don’t have the time to
waste on this. However, often times this is exactly what your employees need to
get re-energized. Create mandatory social events where employees may get to
know one another, especially if teamwork is vital for the business. The key is
to do something fun, no matter how small, on a regular basis.
Make Employees Part Of The Solution
Employees need to be involved. Empowering employees to make decisions
about their work and to solve day-to-day problems demonstrates your
confidence in them and motivates them to live up to your expectations.
International bestselling author Paul
McGee also has some interesting ideas around the motivation of staff.
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