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4 Ways to Increase Motivation Within Your Team

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” Albert Schweitzer.

Following on from last week’s blog about how to make your team feel valued, this week I have been chatting to colleagues and friends about what it is that motivates people in the workplace and why a motivated team is important. Of course if your team feels valued it stands to reason that they are likely to feel more motivated but what else can you do?

Interestingly, although it is important and does motivate, money is not the primary motivator for most people. So what is?

Think back to time when you were not really motivated in the workplace. What was it about you, your environment, the task or activity and the people around you that led you to choose to feel unmotivated? Just jot down some notes about that before you read on.

1. Building on last week’s blog, praise, recognising peoples talents and skills and the contribution they have made is a very powerful way of motivating people
2. The personal touch is important – taking time to know each member of your team and what is important to them, spending time with team members and providing gifts – even small things like small treats to eat can have a big impact. Also as I mentioned in the previous blog post – creating opportunities for people to connect with each other as well as with you is important.
3. Helping team members to determine their own purpose in their role and finding out or helping them to work out how they want to learn and grow is a great way to motivate as well. Knowing where you are going and why and building and developing skills keeps people engaged and provides them with an opportunity to grow. It also creates a sense of certainty which we all need at some level in our workplace.
4. Finally it is important that team members experience variety in their role in some way. For positions that have repetitious duties you may need to think outside the square to help people have a range of experiences at work.

The questions below will assist you to apply this learning with yourself and your team
• Now look back at the notes you made about motivation. Take yourself back to that time now and imagine the tips above had been in place for you. What difference would that have made to you then?
• How can you use this information to increase your own motivation moving forward?
• How can you use this information to increase the motivation of your team?
• What impact will a consistently motivated team have on the outcomes you are aiming for?

“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.” John Kotter

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