Employee motivation is a must in all workspaces but many people face a very tough time motivating their employees because they just don’t know how to do it. They end up spending an hour or two trying to motivate employees through meetings only to bore them and perhaps demotivate them further! Our research says that you only need 2 minutes to get your employees pumped up!
Show Them The Larger Picture
If there’s a huge task ahead and your employees are worried about it already, simply show them the bigger picture. Make them realize what they are aiming at and what awaits them if they succeed. The moment they realize why they are working so hard, they will put in extra efforts.
Show Them The Importance
May be your team is demotivated because it feels the task at hand is not important. That is, of course, your fault because you did not emphasize on its importance while handing it over. Again, overdoing this and using the word “important” for every single thing will jinx it. After a point your employees will stop taking even the most important task seriously because according to you everything is important.
When you talk to an employee, be observant. You will see signs of excitement and motivation that you can use to your benefit. Understand what gets your employees going by observing them and use the clues to motivate them when the time comes. Some employees may smile instantly – with their eyes lighting up, some others may sit up straight immediately, and some others may get enthusiastic and loud. These are signs of excitation. Catch them!
Always use past success to motivate your employees. Not appreciating their accomplishments can discourage them. That is why, making them understand that you appreciate their efforts and that they are an integral part of your team will help you motivate them. Negative reinforcement barely works, if ever. Keep away from it.
2 minute noodles may be only theoretical but 2 minute motivation is a reality. Try it!
Motivating employees is a two-minute job provided you know what gets your employees going. Help them understand why they are working so hard and what awaits them. Also, use positive reinforcement and appreciation to pump them up.