Motivation At Workplace

Motivated employees lead to better productivity.

Every employee spends on an average 40 hours a week at work, at such rate one is sure to feel low on energy and motivation from time to time. Research shows that many companies have disengaged employees with low motivation, only 13% of employees are engaged at work according to Gallup. Low motivation leads to less engagement in work leading to lesser collective productivity. However, even if we do acknowledge the problem, the solution isn't easy. Human motivation is a complex concept. Every individual is different hence, motivational facts for each individual differs. This is explained marvelously by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper, "A theory of human motivation." To explain in simple words, Maslow says, human needs can be classified in a hierarchy and it changes as and when one climbs up this hierarchy ladder. The needs being, physiological, safety, belonging, esteem and self-actualization.

Human resource and other department managers across organization face major challenges keeping their teams motivated to avoid loss of productivity. Coming up with various plans to keep each employee motivated can be daunting.

A few ways to keep your employees motivated are:

  1. Learn Employee Needs: As said earlier, employee needs differ from employee to employee. One might be motivated by higher pay but others might be looking for a change in the job role to be motivated. It is important for human resource personnel to be aware of their employee needs before taking corrective action for increasing workplace motivation.
  1. Training and DevelopmentEmployees often need various training and development programs to keep themselves up to date with new trends in the market. Organizations should conduct training sessions for all their employees in a regular span of time to have better-skilled employees. Soft skill and Time management training should be given to all employee to help them engaged better at work alongside practicing work-life balance.
  1. Realistic Goal SettingWork gets monotonous after a point of time. Employees are then burdened with superficial goals assuming it will help them regain enthusiasm only to find its reverse effect. It is important to set realistic and achievable goals for all employees so that employees have a sense of belonging and are focused on their work. Realistic goals are more attainable, making it easy for employees to work towards them and achieve them.
  1. Employee Engagement Activities: Only work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Similarly, only job and no joy makes your team members dull employees. It is important to keep your team inquisitive towards work. Arranging one-minute games, pot lunch, seminars, creative competitions, etc should be organized to increase employees sense of belonging at work. Employees engagement activities not only bring a sense of belonging to employees but also spread positive work environment eliminating unnecessarily created work pressure. 
  1. Rewards and Recognition: Employees work day in and out, at times giving more than asked for in turn expecting minimal returns. Getting praised, recognized and rewarded timely gives them the sense to work more attentively towards their goals. Rewards and recognition is the easiest way of making employees feel appreciated, motivating them to work harder to achieve their maximum goals.

Rightly said, employees, want to be appreciated and treated as people than as mere employees. Hence, every employer should first respect and appreciate their employees as people to keep them motivated and company loyal throughout.