What Motivates Your Employees?

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In a competitive business landscape, it is crucial to understand employee motivation to ensure organizational success. At its core, motivation helps workers find a sense of identity in their job.

Companies with unmotivated employees fail to meet their long-term goals and experience a decline in productivity. Conversely, motivated employees can double their productivity. In fact, more than 60% of motivated employees experience high job satisfaction in the workplace.

So, What Constitutes Employee Motivation?

Employee motivation refers to the level of innovation, energy, and commitment that employees bring to the company on a daily basis. In short, managers look at employee motivation through the lens of commitment.

And the level of motivation determines what employees can bring to the table and stands out in specific roles and responsibilities. But knowing employee motivation is not enough – it’s about how managers improve and maintain employee motivation over an extended period.

Importance of Employee Motivation in 2022

Today, dynamics in the environment and job marketplace are changing for good. In fact, employees now lean toward companies that offer flexible work environments. Now, the last thing a company should do is hold onto redundant organizational practices that might leave employees unhappy and unmotivated.

Unlike unmotivated employees, motivated employees are more creative and more prepared to deal with uncertainty. In fact, motivated employees become problem-solvers for companies. Motivated employees are also proactive and highly productive.

Interestingly, motivated employees better understand organizational goals and can work side-by-side with the management to achieve those goals. Motivated employees stand out largely because of their ability to adapt to different circumstances and secure a position for a long time.
Motivated employees have a customer-centric approach and pay close attention to their mental and physical health. In some cases, the most motivated employees become the brand ambassadors for companies. The enthusiastic and work-driven approach of motivated employees allows them to take care of tasks quickly and take direct measures that are in the best interests of the company.

How Pressure, Demand, and Change Can Impact Motivation of Employees

Employees who often succumb to increased demand, high pressure, and constant changes in the work pressure get unmotivated easily. In fact, working under pressure on a day-to-day basis every week leads to disengagement and disconnect.

When work pressure and unexpected changes spiral out of control, the motivation of employees goes down the hill. In fact, in these situations, it triggers feelings of anxiety and stress among employees.

Ideally, companies should develop a well-being index in the workplace to minimize or eliminate the potential impact of increased demand, new changes, or pressure.

There will always be deadlines when you’re working in a professional work setting. The trick is to focus on continuous engagement and advocate mental health to improve employee motivation and raise the bar of productivity. Keeping employees motivated is an effective way to minimize absenteeism in the workplace.

Understand the Essence of Employee Motivation

Sense of belonging, high-quality work, a show of appreciation, and rewards are the hallmark elements that help companies sustain the motivation of employees throughout the year. But managers have to be at the forefront to measure specific elements that increase employee motivation.

Ordinarily, assigning specific metrics to review employee motivation can be difficult. In this case, HR professionals and managers have to focus on qualitative data and find out how employees feel in the workplace. And organizations have to focus on more than just annual surveys to collect feedback.

Instead, companies need to understand the main issues that might demoralize employees.HR professionals and business leaders understand that it is not easy to have honest in-person conversations with employees. So, make the conversations confidential to paint a clear picture about motivated and unmotivated employees.

With this information, managers can spot patterns and measure trends that can address larger problems and motivate employees. Oftentimes, all it takes for companies is to listen and show empathy to maintain employee motivation.

Add Motivating Elements into Less Exciting Tasks and Projects

That’s right – not every project or task will interest employees. And this is where companies have to find innovative ways to keep employees motivated and engaged. Managers have to understand that not every task or project appeals to the employees.

But motivating and energizing a team can make those tasks and projects look more attractive. Motivation and energy levels are bound to differ from employee to employee. Therefore, don’t lose sight of their needs and figure out how each employee can better fit into a project to drive more motivation. This approach will help organizations better engage with teams and enjoy better results.

Conclusion

It is true –business leaders often struggle to figure out what motivates their employees. Once companies identify the key motivational parameters of their employees, it becomes easier to nurture more productivity. Managers also have to ask the “right” questions and tap into specific elements to keep employees motivated.
 
This blog post can help you become the boss your team loves.

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Dr. Cynthia Howard

Executive Coach  Performance Consultant  LSSBB

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