Ten Secrets to Motivate Employees

A Hot Tip about Cross-Cultural Communications in Hong Kong SAR

Posted on: 8 Jan 2012

Motivation is simply getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it

OPINION┬╗ Upwardlymobile Ten secrets to motivate employees Leaders have a major role in helping employees achieve goals that will ultimately benefit the business. So how can managers motivate staff? Some people do not want to be led, What they really want is exceptional support, encouragement and coaching from leaders, The most effective way to truly understand each team member is to invest time and meet them one-on-one, ask the right questions and without judging them, listen to their responses,This simple act demonstrates your interest and appreciation for their opinion, Once you have a clear picture of what motivates each employee, the following 10 non-monetary motivational principles will help you achieve success, Leading by example Inspiring others with ideas and praise will boost productivity, 1. It beginswith you 22%, but when it's combined with coaching, productivity Having strong self-awareness, the right attitude, reasonable increases to 88%, Your only cost in coaching someone is expectations and a positive solution-focused approach to time, Spending time means you care, Allowing individuals to every situation are primary traits, If you think positively, your be guided by experienced colleagues, who share knowledge energy goes there and everyone follows, and experience, motivates both the mentee - who feels 2. Encourage independent thinking connected and supported - and the mentor, who becomes Do you ask questions? Leaders who are hard-wired to "tell" an inspiration to others, which improves their attitude and others what and how to do things or offer "quick fixes", motivation, discourage innovation and creative thinking which demotivates 8. Appreciation, recognition and praise employees,Thinking for others is non-productive, Youmust let When was the last time you complimented someone? Some them think for themselves or employees become unmotivated to leaders are reluctant to give subordinates credit for their act on your ideas, contributions because they fear it will somehow endanger 3. Inspire when you talk their own career, When team members excel, it further Storytelling is a highly effective method of influencing and validates your leadership skills and demonstrates that inspiring innovative thinking when focusing on solutions and you have created more great leaders, not more followers, motivating your team, Using the right words, phrases and Praising and appreciation are basic human necessities language can transform a person's thinking, because everyone wants and needs them, Be masterful at 4. "Up your mouth" giving on-the-spot praise, Make it sincere and from the heart Are you always serious with a frown on your face? Humour and not contrived to manipulate others, quickly builds rapport, motivates and creates an environment 9. Encouragement and "FeedForward" of calmness, support and receptiveness, Consciously practice When you give a performance review,do you first speak the an "up mouth" - a soft smile, Use it frequently to get into positives, then transit into what they did wrong? Peoplewelcome the habit of constantly wearing it. That small change in positive feedback, support and words of encouragement. Use appearance can significantly impact how others perceive you, Marshall Goldsmith's "FeedForward" thinking which focuses 5. Surrender control on what was successful, not what went wrong, Conduct Micromanaging is highly demotivating, Although instructions collaborative feedback sessions and explore what went right help staff quickly understand the job, learn to shift control and how to make it even better. outcomes to individuals, Allowing freedom to design 10. Handling underperformance and control their own work inspires creativity, improves When people do not perform well, they feel negative because productivity and results, they are often their own worst critics, They_gontinually 6. Continuouslearning and development think about the reasons for their failure which increase Humans have an inherent desire to learn new skills and the mental hard-wiring that causes barriers to exploring experience personal growth, Work with individuals to help possible solutions, When people fail, they usually expect them identify and strengthen their competencies, then make to be reprimanded by management. Learn to not criticise relevant internal or external training available, Continuous performance, Instead, avoid an emotional situation by using learning ensures ongoing success and builds loyalty, the "self-directed" approach, focusing on allowing the person 7. Coachingand mentoring to rethink the situation, uncover what they learned and what Studies have shown training improves productivity by only they can do going forward to improve, m 38 ┬╗Human Resources┬╗ February 2011
Posted: 08 January 2012

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