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Increasing Employee Motivation

The productivity and the motivation your employees provide the company really does correlate with one another. Motivation refers to the emotion or level of energy an individual is able to give or bring about in a given task. On the other hand, Productivity refers to the quality or effectivity in which the work done is produced. So basically, in hindsight or theory, the idea is that the more motivated your employees are in the workplace the more productive they become and more work is done with the utmost quality.

The motivation of an employee greatly affects the amount of work or results that your people are able to produce in the workplace.  As previous articles have already mentioned before, the loss of productivity in the workplace costs American businesses a dreadful estimate of around $153 billion dollars yearly. With that being said it is to keep in mind that increasing employee motivation in the workplace becomes a crucial thing to consider and think about. It is about time to decrease and somehow mitigate the gigantic costs productivity loss has to offer in each organization.

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There are diverse ways and different approaches managers use to increase employee motivation. The question is, are the ways or processes used by these managers really effective and will prosper motivation in the long run? What makes successful and good HR managers different from normal managers is that they are able to boost their employee’s motivation and productivity level at its peak or finest. It is a good indication that they know how to control their people and they truly know what they are doing in their respective industries.

As great as it sounds, managers still need to consider that their employees all are different people with diverse personality traits and interests. One strategy might be an effective way for some to get motivated and to some, it might not be that much of a help. Either way here is a list of a few things you might want to try and consider when wanting your employees to be motivated.

  1. Establish Trust

Trust as cliché as it sounds is an important aspect that is needed in the workplace for motivation to even prosper. It is a two-way process like a bridge of communication wherein you have to trust them and they have to trust you back. Workers need to feel and know that you have trust in what their capabilities and potentials are. it will motivate them to further excel in their designated areas not wanting to damage or destroy the trust you clearly gave them.

Not only will the trust established be an opportunity for them to be more motivated with their work, but it will also open up the opportunity for better relationships in the workplace to further formulate.

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“When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.” — Blaine Lee

  1. Create a Reward System

Giving out proper rewards when employees do a great job on a project is a great motivation for anyone. A reward system will help ease the stress accumulated from the project and will make the employee feel like all of the hard work and effort that came with it was all worth it.

Incentives come in different forms and sizes, it may be something like a short bonus, some paid time off work, vouchers to coupons or whatever it may be.  Take note though that It does not need to be something very extravagant or large, it just needs to be something that will make the employee feel like they truly have been rewarded other than just their regular day to day salary.

“The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.” Lao Tzu

  1. Recognize their Hard Work

It is important to let employees feel like they are appreciated by what they have done. Recognizing their work will make them feel like they have done their fair share and effort in the project or organization. Give proper credit where it is due and they will feel better and more energized for the next upcoming projects in your organization.

It is a great way for you to motivate them while creating some kind of healthy competition in the office. As human beings, we have the tendency to enjoy hearing some kind of praise because it makes us feel like we truly have accomplished something with our day or our life for that matter.

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“We all have goals: We want to matter. We want to be important. We want to have freedom and power to pursue our creative work. We want respect from our peers and recognition for our accomplishments. Not out of vanity or selfishness, but of an earnest desire to fulfill our personal potential. “- Ryan Holiday

  1. Career Advancement

Mentioning an opportunity for advancement in their career is something like music to their ears, it makes people want to work harder to be more productive of their time. The human nature is that all of us want to change somehow, we don’t want a static lifestyle wherein we do the same things every day over and over again and get the same rewards for it. we want some form of dynamics. The tendency is that people seek betterment and growth, no one wants to stay in the same position, rank or place forever.

Opening up an opportunity for them to climb the ladder and a step closer to achieving their dreams will entail them to do better at their jobs. Likewise, seeing their co-workers progressing might inspire them to think more outside the box and improve themselves to attain higher heights.

 “Where I am today is my starting point. Who I am today is my starting point. My failures and successes of the past, my fears and hopes of the future are all shadows. Today is my reality, and I’ll use it to create my world.” – Taylor Stevens

  1. Happiness

An important factor to know if a person is really motivated in his work. Good managers must make sure that their employees are feeling okay because, at the end of the day, it all comes down to if the person is happy or satisfied with what he is doing. Not being happy or in tip-top shape affects their performance and makes results seem like its half-baked.

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How can we expect someone to be motivated by what he does if he is not happy with what he is doing? Happiness plays an important factor in deciding if the mind, heart or body is truly into something. Try to create a positive and happy atmosphere in the office and see if there are any changes.

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Patanjali


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