Rally team members
If you find yourself or an employee stuck on a particular problem, rally your team members to help them solve an issue. Take some time and spend it brainstorming ideas – several fresh pairs of eyes may help generate new ideas or breathe life into previously dismissed solution-options.
Provide supportive leadership
Leadership is one of the key factors in employee motivation. Supportive leaders work closely with employees – trust and a sympathetic ear are powerful incentives for keeping staff focused and developing new talent. Supportive leadership means recognising that a leader’s expectations influence how employees see themselves: those you consider unlikely to succeed will probably fail. You can help to create the conditions for increased productivity just by starting from the assumption that your employees are skilled and dedicated.
Empower and inspire
Every employee needs to know that he or she is valued as an individual. No one wants to feel like a faceless, interchangeable pawn in some larger game, so make sure all the members of your workforce are given opportunities to express themselves. Encourage employees to display inspirational personal items. Whether it’s collecting travel brochures for a dream getaway or trying paper cutouts of Mercedes wheels on a dream car, anticipating future rewards make work routines seem easier and improve worker morale.
From the football field to the white collar office environment, nothing is better at keeping an individual focused and responsive than belonging to a team. The need to seek and maintain interpersonal relationships is a basic need of all human beings and is an amazing motivator.
Say “THANK YOU!”
Nothing can beat a simple, personal Thank you when someone has put in extra effort on a task, project or a mutually agreed goal. Immediate and specific acknowledgement of what a person has done and why it was appreciated can prove a great motivator
Recognition and rewards
Being recognised for a specific achievement or an ongoing contribution can increase motivation and boost productivity. Rewards don’t have to be expensive, it can be as simple as leaving a note on a desk with a voucher for a coffee and a cake. Self-recognition is also a very powerful self-motivator also, even leaving a gift for yourself once you have completed something you set out to do.
Nothing has to be a rigmarole
Boredom can suck motivation like a hungry mosquito and reduces productivity. In order to maintain motivation at the office, keep things lively and new. Avoid routine by allowing employees to explore and be inventive. Try to think of ways to put a new spin on old tasks, and to make sure that the most repetitive tasks don’t always fall on the same people. Schedule short breaks so that employees can interact and check in with loved ones.