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How can I motivate my employees?

24 May 2018

Introduction

As a business owner, you may realise that motivating your staff can be a difficult task. This is because motivation cannot be simply conjured from thin air. However, by equipping yourself with the correct tools, this task can become much easier. At this point, you may be wondering what motivation actually is. Motivation can be described as what makes us perform a job role, and to take certain actions. Although some people need to motivate themselves to simply get out of bed to head to work in the morning, much more is required to achieve success at work. Specifically, it is important to feel inspired about the actions you take at work.

What steps can I take to motivate my employees?

Making changes: Rather than just making changes for the sake of it, it is important to have reasons behind it. You should also have an idea of what you are hoping to achieve. You can begin making steps to achieving the goal once this has been established.

Set goals: Are you fully aware of what you are hoping to achieve? Lack of motivation can be down to an unclear outlook. In order to avoid this, make a plan of what goals you are hoping to achieve, and how you are going to achieve them. Specifically, make goals SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time critical)

Provide accountability: Most people have goals they want to achieve. However, due to laziness, they do not implement them. By having someone monitoring and observing you, you become accountable to someone which can spring you into action.

Clear your mind: Sometimes we have a lot going on in our minds which can distract us from achieving our goals. By focussing on what you are hoping to achieve, you can avoid the clutter and begin meeting your objectives.

Spend time with the right people: If you surround yourself with people similar to yourself, they will pass their enthusiasm and motivation to you, helping motivate you in the process.

Research motivation: Discover what motivates other people. This may provide you with an approach that could also work for you.

What can I take away from this post?

  • Have a reason for change and map clearly what you’re hoping to achieve.
  • Make SMART targets
  • Get someone to observe you
  • Clear your head to focus on the goal
  • Spend time with other motivated individuals
  • Use other tried and tested approaches

Are you struggling with motivating your employees?

Is this having a negative impact on your business? Contact Angelina Bell today by clicking here to book a 45 minute chat. She has worked in the past with businesses that have similar issues.

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