Two years ago I addressed the importance of Motivation and how it is important for the health of your team and your organization. That post is called “Motivation – Motivate yourself by motivating the world“. A comment on “more about me” led me to this post. Now I’ll be addressing specifics and give a couple of tips on how you should get yourself motivated and how to motivate others.
People can be motivated by different factors. Money is certainly one of them, where people must feel that they are payed according to the effort/responsibility they put into their role.
But there are others that in the medium/long term can do more than money to keep an employee motivated. Those other factors can/will even change the perception of the “fairness” of the dichotomy work/salary.
- Work environment. Hire the right people, do not disregard the great importance of their social skills. Sometimes, people that go the “extra mile” compensate their “technical perfection”. People that naturally think “what can I do for you?” instead of “what can this person do for me?” create sense of team spirit, coordination and go the extra mile helping each other.
- Challenge orientated work. People need to be challenged, they need to feel useful and encouraged. In my opinion, people like at some point to relax for a bit however, there is not a single person that likes to “relax forever”. People feel the need of doing something more, the need to “think” and “act”, to progress and influence the lives of others. Do not disregard the need of a challenge and purpose on the work people perform (ex: volunteering. People work for free for a higher purpose, to help and improve the life of others!).
- Perks. They can be small things, gestures of appreciation for the person and for it´s job. This can go from giving someone an unplanned afternoon off during during the holiday season or a free dinner somewhere. It all depends on the culture that you want to implement in your organisation.
Above all. There is nothing more motivating in the long run than just a “Thank you. Great job!” when people deserve it.