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Workplace motivation

So how important is it to create motivation in the workplace?

Well, if you care about your bottom line, then it’s very important. The fact is that when people are motivated, they will do more. When they are unmotivated, they will be less productive.

So what causes some employees to be motivated to do their work than others? This article will give you some tips to help you increase employee motivation and in turn increase workplace productivity.

The first thing you will have to realise is that most people don’t like their jobs. It’s just the reality. The best thing to do is to hire the right people for the right job.

It’s not about hiring the most capable person for the job though, at least not always. It’s about hiring the person who will love the job. People will tend to be more motivated to do their work when they love what they do, or at the very least don’t hate what they do.

Since it’s hard to gauge whether someone will love their job during an interview since everyone puts on their best face, most of the time you will have to take a different approach.

The first thing you will want to do increase employee motivation in the workplace is to find out if it’s an environment thing or just an individual thing. If it’s an environment thing then you can do different things to make the workplace a bit more fun. If you don’t think people can have fun and be productive at the same time, you may want to take a look at Google.

If it’s an individual thing then you will need to find out what motivates them and use that knowledge to get them to be more enthusiastic about work. Different people are motivated differently.

For some people, all you need to do is pay them more money. For others, money won’t do a thing, but recognition will. Still for others, it’s all about feeling appreciated for what they do.

The lack of motivation in the workplace can be a combination of many different things. It could be both the environment, people having the wrong jobs, and not getting what they want out of a career.

So as an employer, it’s a tough situation to have to deal with. One thing you can do is to have a talk with the employees who aren’t very motivated with their work and find out what it will take to get them going again. There are companies that can help you set up a program that will deal with this problem.

Now if you are an employee who has a lack of motivation at your job, then one thing you can do is figure out whether or not you should keep working there. Life really is too short to waste your life doing something you don’t like.

If it’s something that is just temporary that will help you get to where you really want to go, then stick with it. Otherwise, you may want to think about what is truly important in your life.

If you are a sales manager, then the importance of motivation in the workplace is especially important. What you can do is to feed your sales team with constant inspiration. Some people are self motivated but don’t slack off in trying to give your team pep talks. If anything, it will be a refreshing message after having to constantly taking rejections from customers all day.

So find out what motivates your employees and give them what they need. Giving them a sense of purpose for doing what they do will go a long way. If you are the employee, figure out what it is you want in life and focus on that. Every time you increase your productivity, you are getting closer to your goals.

* Dr. Adrian Daisley is a Life Coach Business and Marketing Consultant and founder of Think and Prosper Brand

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