Training Motivation

Topics: Motivation, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Hygiene factors Pages: 15 (3449 words) Published: November 19, 2014
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Bite-Sized Training™

Motivating Your Team

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Motivating Your Team
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Contents
Introduction ........................................................................................................................................ 4 1. Motivation In Theory....................................................................................................................... 6 2. Practical Steps to Improve Motivation ............................................................................................ 8 3. Key Learning Points ..................................................................................................................... 14 4. Further Reading ........................................................................................................................... 15

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Introduction
You may have heard of the expression “you can
lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”
While, in the short term, you can sometimes
compel people to do certain things, there are
many things you can’t make them do – and this
includes getting them to do their very best.
At the best, compulsion brings grudging
acquiescence to your will. At the worst, it breeds
quiet and undetectable sabotage (it really can!).
So when we’re thinking of motivating people to do
their best, we’re thinking of something very
different from compulsion: We’re thinking about
getting the very best from members of our team
by providing an environment that is rich with
motivating factors. When you do that, the people
working with and around you are free to draw on
the elements they each find the most motivating
and rewarding.
Human beings are pre-wired to be motivated.
Something gets us up every morning – whether
it’s the need for a morning coffee, or the need to
eat something – we’re motivated to satisfy those
needs. So motivation is what brings people to
work every day, even if it’s just to get a paycheck.
But if you want to build a great and productive
work environment, you need people who are
motivated to achieve more than their basic needs.
As an employer or manager, the type of
motivation you want to encourage in your
employees is the desire to do much more than
show up for work each day: You want people to
do a great job once they are there! People who
are motivated to a higher level get involved in
their work, and they’re interested in making work
– and the world – a better place. And it’s your job
to inspire and develop this kind of motivation.
Here’s a simple equation
importance of motivation:

that

Job performance = ability x motivation

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When your team is motivated you can expect a
myriad of benefits to follow: People will have:







Renewed morale, and meaning at work.
Improved personal performance.
Deepened appreciation for internal and
external customers.
Increased energy and resilience to stress.
An enriched quality of work.
Increased creativity and good humor.

You will see the benefits also in terms of:





Better employee retention.
Decreased absenteeism, burnout, and
turnover.
Improved customer care and service
delivery.
Enhanced teamwork, with more trust, and
more fun at work.

That’s a pretty extensive list of workplace
improvements, both for managers and members
of their teams! And...
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