Employee Motivation? Best Practices!

When you think of staff motivation, many things may come to mind: more money, a bigger office, a promotion, or a better quality of life. The truth is, no matter what we offer people, true motivation must come from within. Regardless of how it is characterized, it is important to get the right balance in order to ensure that you have a motivated workforce.

“What Really Motivates Employees,” a great article in Forbes Magazine (Forbes Article Link) , also highlights the need for motivation beginning at the recruitment stage. So recruit motivated employees! Once you’ve done that successfully, then the trick is to keep them motivated.

Another great resource is the Forbes article “37 Ways to Keep Your Employee Motivated from a 37-Year-Old Entrepreneur” (Forbes Article Link) One of the best tips is to support new ideas! Supporting new ideas will empower the employee to figure out a way to make it happen! Listening is another tip that the article shares. We do a lot of work with listening during our improvisation workshops. It’s all about listening!

A more traditional employee motivation workshop can supply you with tools to become a great motivator, goal setter and influencer. A good workshop should teach you about motivational models, and how to bring them together to create a specific program for those you have in mind.

Look for an employee motivational workshop with these components to make sure you get the biggest bang for your time:

  • Defining motivation, an employer’s role in it and how the employee can play a part
  • Identifying the importance of Employee Motivation
  • Identifying methods of Employee Motivation
  • Describing the theories which pertain to Employee Motivation – with particular reference to psychology
  • Identifying personality types and how they fit into a plan for Employee Motivation
  • Setting clear and defined goals

Whether it is providing exceptional training, empowering your staff to launch new ideas, or listening to their concerns and vision- the most important thing is to stay curious and invested in each employee and his/her contributions.