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Six Steps to Creating a Motivational Work Environment

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.


De-motivators Defined

If you’re not sure you’re providing your workers with a motivational workspace, check my list of the most significant de-motivators.

  • Job insecurity
  • Micromanaging (this is a huge no-no)
  • Poor communication
  • Boredom
  • No action is taken when performance is poor

Do any of them feel familiar?


How to Create a Motivational Environment for Your Team

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.

1. Have a Strategy

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.

2. Get Out of the Way

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.

3. Make Teaching a Priority

When people feel they are learning and improving, they are excited and motivated.

Provide your employees with meaningful resources (training, team building, new employee on-boarding, etc.). You want to give them useful resources they feel are enhancing them professionally.

4. Propose Traditions

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.

5. Clear Direction

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.

6. Recognize Differences

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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Six Steps to Creating a Motivational Work Environment
As a leader we must provide a motivational environment that allows employees to grow and thrive. See my 6 essential steps for building a motivational work space.

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