Have you got any good tips on how to motivate staff?
By Vicki Crowe
When you Google "How to Motivate Staff" you'll find there are 20 best ways,
10 steps, three scientific steps and a plethora of fun and inspirational
team building activities.
So, which one would you choose for your staff?
Motivating employees was traditionally linked to pay for performance.
This theory was found to be very unsuccessful because it followed the
extrinsic motivation model or, in other words, motivating by offering
Not everyone is motivated by money. Today, companies are looking at
individual internal or intrinsic motivators that take a bit more effort to
define but the results are well worth the effort.
To give you a recent example, last year I conducted an employee
satisfaction survey for a company with 50 staff.
The survey results revealed that every employee interviewed had their own
ideal motivator and some didn't want to be included in any motivational
When it comes to motivating individuals, one person's poison is another's
You need to take into account that each of your staff will be pre-disposed
to enjoying particular tasks and as a result will be self-motivated to
perform at their peak.
On the flip side, the tasks they don't enjoy, that don't come naturally,
will cause staff to become de- motivated and they will often avoid
Here are some sample questions:
What tasks give you the greatest pleasure/satisfaction in your job?
What tasks would you prefer to avoid if you could?
What tasks really energise you?
If the company invests in some training or other motivational
activities, what would interest you the most?
Companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter understand that their
thousands of employees all have different motivators.
They lead the corporate world by offering an extensive range of
motivational activities, rewards, training, and flexible work hours to keep
their staff fired up.
You don't have to have their budget, you just need to get smart and take a
leaf out of their book.
Vicki Crowe founded Cannon Recruitment in 1994 and
in 2004. Over the past 17 years she has consulted to government, national
and global organisations on HR and leadership.
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