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Motivating Your Workforce


Inspiring your employees to complete a particular task or do something that would be much easier to avoid can be challenging and frustrating. Characteristics of self-motivation, patience and a determined approach may be required to assist and ensure completion. Such notions exist, even in a work environment. A trick to self-motivation and team motivation is to think about the final outcome and what will be achieved by completing a particular task or activity. Think of the sense of relief you and your team will feel once a task or activity has been completed.

In a working context, finding meaning in a job can assist self-motivation among employees. This can lead to increased and more efficient employee productivity and job satisfaction.

Below are three ways in which organizations or even individuals themselves can better motivate the workforce.

1. Employee Engagement

Improving individual’s and group’s abilities to solve problems and make decisions is recognized as an important trait in a workplace environment. The purpose of accepting setbacks and dealing with them is assist in completing tasks in a timely manner to assist learning and improve in the future. Having the resilience to bounce back when things go wrong goes hand in hand with learning how to cope with pressure.

Encouraging employee engagement in solving problems promotes a willingness to be accountable for the outcomes resulting from choices, behaviors, and actions. When an individual is personally accountable, they take ownership of situations they are involved in and take responsibility for what happens – good or bad.

When employees participate in the problem solving process, it encourages understanding and perceptions among colleagues and can enhance the sense of belonging and personal value within an organization. It provides opportunities for individuals being involved in decision making and problem solving processes prior to committing to final decisions. Individuals feel valued as they have been allowed to share perspectives, voice ideas and utilize skills to problem solve that ultimately improve team effectiveness and efficiency.

2. Provision and Acceptance of Feedback

Provision of feedback plays an integral part in ensuring an effective avenue to positive performance and productivity. It is important for managers and employees to know what they are doing well and not so well, as this can identify areas of improvement. If the purpose of feedback is to improve a situation or performance, to communicate change, then it is important that the process is made to be a positive experience. Feedback should be given in a timely manner as close to the event or occurrence as possible. Feedback is a process that requires regular attention to ensure issues do not get out of hand and individuals know where they stand.

Individuals need to ensure feedback is specific as to exactly what needs to be done and improved upon. When giving feedback, it is advisable to start with something positive. This ensures people are put at ease and lets them see potential for positive outcomes and taking steps to improve future occurrences. The purpose of feedback is to improve performance and as such it needs to be reviewed and measured to see if it has had an impact. When used constructively, feedback can become a powerful tool in personal development.

3. Proactively Consult and Engage with Colleagues

Businesses and organizations are constantly faced with new demands, new expectation and a huge array of new technologies and tools. In order to capitalize, organizations need to show a willingness to redesign processes and structures. Sharing of best practice can allow organizations to review and monitor tried and tested means of service and its efficiency. For example if an organization has introduced a particular system or way of working, that has not turned out as expected then other organizations can act on such knowledge and search for alternative means.

Organizations should also look at the most effective means of improving the capabilities of their staff while also giving consideration to advances in technology that could replace manual processes which promote efficiently without the loss of expertise and capacity. More recent ways of improving efficiencies are to work collaboratively with other organizations where opportunities have been identified to share resources such as back room support staff or buildings.

With these three things in mind, employees can become more productive and motivated at work.

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