A 2016 Gallup report found that 70% of employees in the U.S. are not engaged at work. And... what's the cause of low engagement? That's right, lack of motivation. Nothing is worse than a dissatisfied workforce that doesn't receive feedback and struggles to find their place.
Motivation in the workplace starts from the top. Managers and directors that are in charge of leading teams need to be the ones fostering motivation. You have the power to make or break your employee's performance with your approach.
By making them feel valued and understood, you'll be seeing high levels of morale and motivation. Here are the 5 simple words that will get you there:
First things first, for motivation to be a part of your workplace, each and every employee needs to know their purpose. As a manager of a few employees or many, you need to ensure that your employees really know why they are there and what their role in the company is. A job title and duties are not enough - make sure they understand your personal expectations for the role: "Joe: You're not only a great IT manager, but you're also great at finding ways to simplify the way we do our work. I need your help with this as the department takes on more projects this quarter."
Along with this, employees should understand the company mission, goals, and values. They should know what success looks like for your top management. When employees know what they're doing and how it's helping the company achieve success, motivation will follow.
Everyone has doubts. They doubt their own performance and they doubt whether good performance has been "seen." They doubt whether management has their best interests at heart. Feedback dispels these doubts.
Yearly, or even quarterly, check-ups with your employees are not enough. You should be setting aside time to chat with your direct reports at least weekly or bi-weekly. On the spot feedback is also critical and appreciated.
When your team's formed tight bonds and "clicks," it's truly magical for all involved. This takes investment, however. Team-building exercises, although a bit overused, can be helpful but a positive team culture and identity is much more critical. What do you want your team to be known for? How will you drive this?
Genuine camaraderie is also important and comes with time and with shared experience. They don't have to be best friends, but when your employees respect one another, results will follow.
Enthusiasm comes from many sources but awards are a "controllable" way for managers to drive it on a regular basis. Consider using our AttaCoin tokens of appreciation as rewards for creativity, leadership, mastery, effort and teamwork.
Most important to enthusiasm, however, is YOUR attitude. If you're able to shrug off challenges and keep smiling, your team will do the same. If, on the other hand, you're frantic or demoralized, it will be hard for your team to feel differently.
As millennials begin to penetrate the workforce, it's becoming increasingly more important to let your employees know the impact they are making with their work. Not only business impact, but impact on their community and society more broadly. Employees want to know that they are making a difference every day - these are "intrinsic rewards."
Help to draw the connection between your team's work and larger implications. Will the new product launch your team is working create jobs? How about the improved nutritional value of the reformulated product? Find these connections and drive them.
Get ready to improve motivation in the workplace...
These five simple words are reminders of what it takes to lead successfully in today's workplace. If you keep them in mind, we have no doubt that you will be successful!