A common mistake business owners and managers make is thinking what motivates one person on their team will motivate everyone on the team. This just is not so. Each person is different thus what makes them tick and desire to perform can be quite different.
For most people their motivation to do things is intrinsic, it comes from deep within their core being. Waving a hundred-dollar bill in front of them for producing more widgets just doesn’t do it for them.
This can make motivating your team a bit difficult, but there are a few things that you can do that may help you to “crack the code” on how to get the best from your individual team members.
- Get input from each staff member asking what it is that makes them want to produce more or excel in their position. (This will also give you insight on how they feel about what they do at work)
- Allow staff to determine (within boundaries) what their motivational factors can be. (If the “carrot” is not appealing it won’t matter at all)
- Let staff members take ownership of their positional goals and how they can achieve them. (When people decide what they want to achieve they usually will buy in to the result)
- Realize that internal drive is stronger than any drive an employer can try to enforce.
If you see that things are not working for an employee, as far as reaching the goals they have set, address it immediately. Help with options and redirection so they can get back on track. No one likes to fail, especially when they have set their own goals.
“Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.” ~ Bill Bradley
Have a great Monday!