All of us face a decrease in motivation from time to time, and consistently maintaining high levels of motivation in the workplace can be challenging.
6 factors that improve motivation and easy tips to apply them:
No matter the circumstance, when we face the challenge, our instincts give us two options: run away from it or address it. This is also true at our jobs.
For many of us, the most rewarding activity from our jobs was the most complicated one, the one that forced us to evolve and think outside the box.
However, there are job activities which do not have so many challenging responsibilities. Therefore, when the opportunity of a great risk comes, we might be more excited to take it and solve the challenge.
Tip: Give your team challenges each now and then and make them get out of the comfort zone. You will be impressed by their results and they will be highly motivated to prove themselves.
You feel more motivated when you have a purpose for the activities you are doing, right? It has commonly stated that millennial employees are motivated by purposeful work. However, this happens for most of the people, not only for the millennials. Having a clear vision of why we need to do something and how it connects with our values is a very important aspect of motivating people. Knowing that the work we are doing makes a difference in the world will provide us a high dose of motivation and positive attitude towards our job.
Tip: Organize a meeting with your team and discuss freely about how their activities will have a higher impact within the organization. Give them purpose!
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The best teams are the ones that are not only competent in the work they perform, but they also have functional interpersonal relationships.
When working on a group project, it will be easier if team members learned to listen to each other and show respect to the efforts each one makes for the project.
Tip: Read this article on how to get to know your colleagues, you will find there 10 easy questions that will sure break the ice.
In general, people are stimulated by being given responsibilities. When we have ownership on tasks and activities, we will be highly motivated and excited to prove ourselves.
When we talk about responsibilities, it is important to mention that feedback is also very important. It is not enough to have ownership, but you should also request and give feedback.
Tip: Make each of your team members the owner of a process/activity or task. Most important, be there for your team when they require your advice.
On a short term, great leaders can motivate people. However, the best leaders are able to create the conditions for the team to motivate itself.
These people are highly necessary in an organization, they can make their teams perform better. Keeping the team happy and willing to evolve is not a simple job and it is certainly not for everyone. This is the reason why great leaders are hard to find, but enormously valuable for teams’ motivation.
Tip: Inspire your people by your actions, your empathy and your willingness to listen to them.
And the last one is:
- Having fun
Not every task is going to make your team members feel like rock stars and that is fine. However, what is not fine is to have a boring and dull atmosphere in your working space. We are not talking about playing football or ping pong with office supplies, this is very hard to achieve. We are talking about activities that are meant to de-stress and entertain your colleagues.
Tip: Organize a great team building experience for your team!