Motivation can either come easy or not when it comes to going to work on a daily basis. We all have our different ways of motivating ourselves, from early morning exercise, writing affirmations or sometimes even just talking to the mirror!
All in all, motivation comes from within and that’s why some days it’s hard to feel it.
At work, daily stress, meetings, deadlines and being enclosed in a workspace from 9 to 5 can really make it hard to stay motivated, no matter how good you are at it.
When it comes to management and leadership, motivation is important for achieving success. Managers need to support and encourage their staff, give them positive feedback and praise them when they’ve completed a task, no matter how small it is. As usual, this is always easier said than done as some people don’t have the skills to motivate a team.
Here’s a list of 10 tips and ideas that can help you keep your staff on the track to motivation:
1. Never criticize a staff member as this will always have an opposite effect. Always aim to get to know your staff, discover what motivates them and make sure you support them individually.
2. Job descriptions and responsibilities are more important than what you think. Make sure every staff member knows exactly what they have to do and how they have to do it. When a person knows what’s expected of them, it’s easier for them to perform and be evaluated accordingly.
3. Conversation is key in any relationship, your staff needs to feel that you’re approachable and that you have a genuine interest in what they have to say. Be careful though, there’s a fine line between being available and being a friend.
4. Always keep them informed about the company, policies, procedures, goals, projects, results, etc. When your staff knows all about the company it gives them a sense of community.
5. R.e.s.p.e.c.t… if you want it you must be able to give it, always treat your staff with consideration and respect.
6. A sense of community and involvement always boosts motivation. Make sure you always allow them to participate in making decisions, even if you’ve already made up your mind about something, their input might surprise you!
7. Fresh ideas can sometimes become key to a business, always ask your staff for suggestions and be open to new ideas.
8. Awareness is key, always take the time to observe your staff, check the morale and make sure you are aware of the ups and down’s within the office floor.
9. Remember that everybody is different and that we are all motivated by different factors. Once you find out what gets your team going, make sure you create the right environment for them to do their best work.
10. Recognize! Praise can go a long way, no matter how small the task, always recognize a job well done.
Your attitude is key to motivation and a driving force behind your staff.
Good manners and a caring attitude can really make a difference within your team. A good manager is not there to tell people what to do, their job is to listen, guide and support their team in order to get things done.
Author: Ann Brampton