How To Motivate Your Employees
Getting the most out of the people around you.
1. It all starts with you
It's that age-old issue, how can you expect those around you to be motivated when you yourself are tired, burnt-out, stressed and de-motivated? The short answer is that you can't. But fear not, there are some easy wins that can get you back to your best in no time.
- Work out. Hitting the gym is not just good for your body, but is also good for your overall health and work performance too. Working out in the morning will get those happy thought inducing serotonins flowing, allowing you to start the day motivated, in a good mood and ready to inspire.
- Get some understanding. How can you expect your team to hit their targets if you don't fully know where your role is going. Understanding what you want to achieve yourself is half the battle, so take some time to think about where you want your role to go and what you want to get done both in the long term and short term.
- Know your self. Some of us just aren't morning people and some people hit their peak in the late afternoons. Knowing when you are at your creative best is key to keep yourself motivated and motivate those around you so you can schedule meeting/ key work around these peaks.
2. Be Honest
Just because you are a leader, it doesn't mean you haven't had your fair share of failures and disappointments. Not only does sharing these times create a bonding time for you and your team, but it also helps everyone to look at those mistakes and learn from them.
3. Ride the wave
As easy as it is to do, we all really know that nagging never works. Instead, psychologist BJ Fogg recommends waiting for that individual you want to perform better to be motivated naturally. Wait for them to win a project or produce a great piece of work and use that natural motivational wave to your advantage by jumping in at that key, happy time to introduce them to the changes you want them to make. Approaching the topic at a peak, happy time means the changes are far more likely to succeed than during a slump.
4. Understand your audience
It might just be that that certain person isn't de-motivated, but that you are not understanding what motivates them. In order to understand how people operate, listen to their concerns, ask about their goals and use their answers to create a work path that fully excites and motivates them.
5. The gift of purpose
Research has shown that employees who feel that their role has purpose are 20% more likely to stay with a company. So how do you do this? A number of ways:
- Set clear and concise KPI's for them to work towards monthly and annually
- Inform them of key company long and short term goals
- Lead by example of clearly working towards your own individual KPI's.