What motivates you to make a special effort ? A pride in doing a good job; more responsibility; advancement and the recognition of achievements and personal growth and development?
People tend to do their best when they have the freedom to show what they are capable of doing.
Five of the best ways to motivate people
* Give people responsibility and recognise their good work
If you delegate authority you are telling people you trust them. Most people will respond to the challenge and will make a special effort to succeed.
Spend time with your people. Show you are interested in their work, their achievements and their family.
Praise and a sincere compliment can be great motivators. Everyone needs praise. Be specific and sincere. Make people feel like winners. Reward them for extra efforts and their good ideas. (Rewards can take many forms – bonus payments; salary increase; a new position; time off; a car park; a new company car; a prize; a paid holiday; a special dinner or some other form of recognition.)
* Involve others in decisions
Be honest with people. Share your problems and difficulties and discuss new developments.
Encourage ideas on how jobs can be done better, how working conditions can be improved, and how quality standards can be raised. How can we do things better next time?
* Remove controls
Increase the amount of responsibility you give people and make them accountable for their own work.
Sound delegation is the key to staff management. Learn the art of delegation.
* Challenge people
Make work more interesting by giving them more opportunities to try different tasks to show what they can do.
Give demanding projects to staff to extend them. This encourages initiative and tests their capabilities.
* Personal growth and development
Encourage people to study, attend training sessions and seminars, join clubs and education groups and travel. Travel challenges and broadens outlooks and build confidence.
People do not do their best until they have the freedom to show what they are capable of doing.
“You get loyalty and commitment from people by giving it to them.”
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