3 Productive Ways to Motivate Employees

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A flourishing business won’t happen overnight, and it won’t happen from just one person. Cooperation is a key component to a successful business. Here’s why you’ll want to motivate employees on your team.

Why Motivate Employees?

Hard-working employees are a necessity for business leaders. This kind of employee exudes confidence, trust, and self-motivation.

1. Make Them Feel Important, Because They Are

The employees need to feel like they’re part of something special. The company needs to be a high hurdle to get into as an employee and it has to have high expectations, it has to be doing great work, and it has to have some opportunities for growth. 

Today, that is almost a minimum bar. It should not be a grind, it should not be drudgery. It’s got to be interesting in some fashion.  Work needs to be fun. People like to work in great teams that are doing great work, where there is that comradery, the sum of the parts is greater than the individual, and they have the opportunity to do something truly special. 

They must have self-confidence.  

2. Build Trust with Each Other

From a more strategic standpoint in terms of leadership, we need to build trust. Our employees need to trust us and we need to trust them. We need to learn to delegate properly and that is a two-way street. They both have responsibilities.

It’s important for employees to have a stake in the outcome, meaning when the customer wins, the company wins and vice versa, so everyone is aligned.

3. Remind Them That Motivation Also Comes from Within

Employees, particularly the good ones, have choices. They can work anywhere. You have to become an employee by choice, not by necessity. Not, “I’ve got to have this job,” but “I want to have this job.”

It’s a carrot motivation, that they’re generally interested, it’s good for them, it’s good for the company, and it’s good for the customer. And that’s a huge distinction. That is the carrot versus the stick.

The better the employee is, the better the alignment with the firm and the culture. That becomes a motivating factor.

Brad Mishlove