Motivation (in psychology) is a state of mind when a person's capacities are triggered towards achieving a goal. You cannot directly observe or measure the degree of motivation in a person. It depends on how a person resonates with the environment (physical and abstract) surrounding them. If you see yourself as unlikely to achieve your goal, in most cases, you will lose motivation. You need to take actions that can lead you to pursue a goal or avoid a negative state.
The motivation among employees is crucial for the business of every company. Employee's motivation involves all actions of the company (or their superiors) with the aim of creating a comfortable environment for your employees. It is necessary to constantly increase employee's motivation with certain actions in order to have constant growth on the market.
According to Bob Nelson, you need to work on the relationship between you and your employees to make workspace around them comfortable. There are many ways how you can achieve this. In the text below, we will present some of those ways (usually used ways to increase motivation) that have also produced positive results in our company.
As the leader on a project (or a company), it is essential to show that you have a vision and set clear goals. If employees see that all their efforts have been in vain, usually they won't be motivated enough. The output that you can expect in these situations is superficial or average. From the very beginning, in our company, employees are familiar with the vision and goal that they need to achieve. With this approach, we achieve that our employees exceed expectations and goals with the quality and dedicated work. In these situations, given tasks are done before the deadline.
Motivating employees with increasing commitment can have a positive and negative influence on them. You need to know what kind of environment your every employee works better at. Some employees accomplish better results if they are forced from their comfort zone. But, if the employee's interest isn't compliant with new commitments, the degree of motivation will decrease. If they are quite interested in new commitments, they will put their best effort in new tasks.
In order to increase productivity and improve efficiency of employees, they need to have a good balance between the ability to perform and willingness to finish the given tasks. In most cases, the level of employee's efficiency is not only based on qualifications and abilities, but it also depends on how your employees or team performs.
Today, this is a big deal for employees. As mentioned above, satisfied employees, mean satisfied customers, so it is necessary to produce a comfortable environment for our employees. Employees should feel at home. Before making some grand plans, it is necessary to take a step back and find out what employees mean by their work-life balance. We were able to create a balance between work and personal life with some actions, such as:
If you achieve this, you will increase employee's efficiency and get better output from their work.
Apart from the above, there are other ways to improve employee satisfaction and motivation, such as:
Nowadays, it has become customary to celebrate with other employees after the successful project. Celebrations are required to motivate employees and keep positive vibes for future projects. Also, it makes a strong bond of trust and respect among them, creating a homogeneous and unified team. Our company also follows today's trends. In order to boost employee's productivity and satisfaction, we established a happy hour (the last working hour on Friday) to show respect and gratitude to employees for their dedicated work during that week.
Having highly motivated employees to carry a whole company's business is a crucial component of its success on the market. Having all that in mind and applying all procedures outlined above, we have been able to raise the level of employee motivation. As Anne M. Muncahy said, we are guided by the saying: "Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.".
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