Motivation is one of the driving forces behind a successful workplace.
In all my years in the business, I have made creating a positive environment for my employees a top priority.
As a leader, I must provide a space that encourages inspiration and a culture of feedback and recognition, as well as an environment that follows a set of clearly defined goals and expectations.
If you’re not sure you’re providing your workers with a motivational workspace, check my list of the most significant de-motivators.
Do any of them feel familiar?
If one or more in the list above reminded you of your own business, then you may be pushing a dull workplace, which will affect your services.
Even if your office may currently be suffering from de-motivation, there are plenty of things you can do to address it. Follow my practices for creating a motivating work space.
The first thing you want to do is make sure every single person in your organization has a strategic purpose.
If someone feels that their job is mundane or unimportant, they are not going to put their best foot forward; and they likely won’t last long before running towards something more exciting.
Actions speak louder than words.
If you tell your employees you trust them, but then consistently pester them, they will never fully feel you think they are capable.
Give them the space to advance, and fail, on their terms. The more practice you give them, the more quickly they’ll develop.
When people feel they are learning and improving, they are excited and motivated.
If your team can truly connect on a personal level, you’ll likely be more productive.
Naturally, we want to do better for people we care about. Emphasize team building activities, holiday parties, celebrate employee birthdays, etc.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure everyone is invited and involved.
If you can open lines of communication and be straightforward with your expectations and goals, I guarantee you’ll have happier employees. If they feel reassured by your direction, then motivation will come easier.
People are unique and have different motivators, goals, and expectations.
The sooner you recognize that one blanketed plan of action will not serve your entire team, the sooner you’ll be able to address lack of motivation.
Take notice of what works for each employee and then focus your efforts on what you’ve observed.
Motivating employees is a continuous process and is something you will have to work on and evolve with over time. While it may seem like a loaded task, it’s well worth it when you have a productive and happy work environment.
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