Ways To Stimulate Employee Motivation

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                                         10 Ways To Stimulate Employee Motivation
                                                             By Paul Graham

   Today’s fast-moving business environment demands that the effective manager be both a
well-organized administrator and highly adept in understanding people’s basic needs and behaviour in
the workplace. Gaining commitment, nurturing talent, and ensuring employee motivation and
productivity require open communication and trust between managers and staff.

1. Understand their behaviour

People at work naturally tend to adopt instinctive modes of behaviour that are self-protective rather
than open and collaborative. This explains why emotion is a strong force in the workplace and why
management often reacts violently to criticisms and usually seeks to control rather than take risks. So,
in order to eliminate this kind of perspective and to increase employee motivation, it is best that you
influence behaviour rather than to change personalities. Insisting what you expect from your
employees will only worsen the situation.

2. Be sure that people’s lower-level needs are met.

People have various kinds of needs. Examples of lower-level needs are salary, job security, and
working conditions. In order to increase employee motivation, you have to meet these basic needs.
Consequently, failures with basic needs nearly always explain dissatisfaction among staff. Satisfaction,
on the other hand, springs from meeting higher-level needs, such as responsibility progress, and
personal growth. When satisfaction is met, chances are employee motivation is at hand.

3. Encourage pride

People need to feel that their contribution is valued and unique. If you are a manager, seek to exploit
this pride in others, and be proud of your own ability to handle staff with positive results. This, in turn,
will encourage employee motivation among your people.

4. Listen carefully

In many areas of a manager’s job, from meetings and appraisals to telephone calls, listening plays a
key role. Listening encourages employee motivation and, therefore, benefits both you and your staff.

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So make an effort to understand people’s attitudes by careful listening and questioning and by giving
them the opportunity to express themselves.

5. Build confidence

Most people suffer from insecurity at some time. The many kinds of anxiety that affect people in
organizations can feed such insecurity, and insecurity impedes employee motivation. Your antidote,
therefore, is to build confidence by giving recognition, high-level tasks, and full information. In doing so,
you only not refurbish employee motivation but boost productivity as well.

6. Encourage contact

Many managers like to hide away behind closed office doors, keeping contact to a minimum. That
makes it easy for an administrator, but hard to be a leader. It is far better to keep your office door open
and to encourage people to visit you when the door is open. Go out of your way to chat to staff on an
informal basis. Keep in mind that building rapport with your staff will effectively increase employee

7. Use the strategic thinking of all employees.

It is very important to inform people about strategic plans and their own part in achieving the strategies.
Take trouble to improve their understanding and to win their approval, as this will have a highly positive
influence on performance and increasing employee motivation as well.

8. Develop trust

The quality and style of leadership are major factors in gaining employee motivation and trust. Clear
decision making should be coupled with a collaborative, collegiate approach. This entails taking people
into your confidence and explicitly and openly valuing their contributions. By simply giving your staff the
opportunity to show that you can trust them is enough to increase employee motivation among them.

9. Delegate decisions

Pushing the power of decision-making downward reduces pressure on senior management. It
motivates people on the lower levels because it gives them a vote of confidence. Also, because the
decision is taken nearer to the point of action, it is more likely to be correct. Consequently, by
encouraging them to choose their own working methods, make decisions, and giving them
responsibility for meeting the agreed goal will encourage employee motivation among your staff.

10. Appraising to motivate

When choosing methods of assessing your staff’s performance, always make sure that the end result
has a positive effect on employee motivation and increases people’s sense of self-worth. Realistic
targets, positive feedback, and listening are key factors.

If you follow these simple steps in increasing employee motivation, rest assured you will have a good
working relationship with your staff at the same time boost you company’s productivity. Just bear in
mind that people are employed to get good results for the company. Their rates of success are
intrinsically linked to how they are directed, reviewed, rewarded, trusted, and motivated by the

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                                       Learn How to Boost Employee Motivation
                                                          By Lucile Taylor

There is no single solution to increase employee motivation simply because what motivates one
person may not be the same for another. Hence, if you are a business manager or a human resource
manager, it is important that you identify first what factors motivate each of your employees.

Typically, this is done through a motivational “employee appraisal” but it may not be practical if you
have few employees. Take note that this kind of appraisal is different from an employee performance
appraisal, which should be conducted regardless of the headcount. If you do not directly oversee your
employees, you can assign the task of finding out employees’ motivational factors to their supervisor or
team leader.

There are two ways you can increase employee motivation – financially and non-financially. The first
one is the most common way to boost performance, especially for output-oriented businesses.
Increase employee motivation of people in production by offering a per-piece rate, which will drive
employees to complete as much work as they can because they know that the more they produce the
higher their pay will be. Just remember to put in place a strong quality assurance system to guarantee
that quality is not compromised for quantity. You can also give out bonuses for people who constantly
meet quality standards or exceed their daily quotas.

Aside from cash incentives or wage increases, you can also increase employee motivation through
side benefits such as private health insurance, a company car, housing, daycare, paid vacations, and
others. In many cases, offering these perks cost less than increasing wages and many workers value
such benefits more than extra cash every payday so they are great ways to increase employee

Sometimes, money-oriented incentives are not enough to motivate some employees for the long term.
These employees are those who are looking for personal growth or career growth. In this case, a great
way to increase employee motivation is to show your employees that you are confident in their abilities
by assigning more responsibility or giving them a special project. At the same time, doing so would
improve or expand their skills. If it is possible, you can offer to promote consistent top performers once
they have successfully met certain goals.

Keeping employees happy is critical to any business because if your workers are bored or dissatisfied
there will certainly be a decline in performance, not to mention high staff turnover, so make it a priority
to increase employee motivation. Offer them rewards whether financially or not for their excellent
achievements and show them that you value their contributions. Give them opportunities to grow in
your organization and you can expect your employees to stay with you for a long time.

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