Today’s fast-moving business environment demands that the effective manager be both a well-organised administrator and highly adept in understanding people’s basic needs and behaviour in the workplace.
Gaining commitment, nurturing talent and ensuring employee motivation requires open communication and trust between managers and staff.
Here are 8 ways to stimulate motivation and productivity in your workplace.
1. Understand their behaviour
People at work naturally tend to adopt instinctive modes of behaviour that are self-protective rather than open and collaborative. This explains why emotion is a strong force in the workplace and why management often reacts strongly to criticisms and usually seeks to control rather than take risks.
So, in order to eliminate this kind of perspective and to increase employee motivation, it is best that you influence behaviour rather than try to change personalities. Insisting what you expect from your employees will only worsen the situation.
2. Be sure that people’s lower-level needs are met
People have various kinds of needs. Examples of lower-level needs are salary, job security, and working conditions. In order to increase employee motivation, you have to meet these basic needs. Consequently, failures with basic needs nearly always explain dissatisfaction among staff.
Satisfaction, on the other hand, springs from meeting higher-level needs, such as responsibility progress and personal growth. When satisfaction is met, chances are employee motivation is at hand.
3. Encourage pride
People need to feel that their contribution is valued and unique. If you are a manager, seek to exploit this pride in others and be proud of your own ability to handle staff with positive results. This, in turn, will encourage employee motivation among your people.
4. Listen carefully
In many areas of a manager’s job, from meetings and appraisals to telephone calls, listening plays a key role. Listening encourages employee motivation and benefits both you and your staff.
So make an effort to understand people’s attitudes by careful listening, questioning and by giving them the opportunity to express themselves
5. Build confidence
Most people suffer from insecurity at some point in time. The many kinds of anxiety that affect people in organisations can feed such insecurity which impedes employee motivation.
Your antidote, therefore, is to build confidence by giving recognition, high-level tasks, and full information. In doing so, you not only refurbish employee motivation but boost productivity as well.
6. Encourage contact
Many managers like to hide away behind closed office doors, keeping contact to a minimum. That makes it easy for an administrator, but hard to be a leader. It is far better to keep your office door open and to encourage people to visit you when the door is open.
Go out of your way to chat with staff on an informal basis. Keep in mind that building rapport with your staff will effectively increase employee motivation.
7. Use the strategic thinking of all employees
It is very important to inform people about strategic plans and their own part in achieving the strategies. Take trouble to improve their understanding and to win their approval, as this will have a highly positive influence on performance and increasing employee motivation as well.
8. Develop trust
The quality and style of leadership are major factors in gaining employee motivation and trust. Clear decision making should be coupled with a collaborative, collegiate approach. This entails taking people into your confidence and explicitly and openly valuing their contributions.
By simply giving your staff the opportunity to show that you can trust them is enough to increase employee motivation among them.
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