Staying Ahead

Motivating your Employees in Two Simple Steps

One of the biggest challenges of management is motivation. Staying motivated and motivating your employees does not usually come easy.

It is not a good idea to push your employees to do something that they don’t want to do. It is also not a good idea to alienate them. What is the solution then? As the manager and leader, it is your job to ensure that you motivate your employees without being too harsh on them. At some point or the other some of your employees will be reluctant. You will have to be able to motivate them so that they keep going by overcoming their reluctance. Experts have come up with two simple steps to cater to that with an example scenario.

Say there is a task at hand and you need your employee to revise it. Revision is not something employees desire but it is necessary at times. If you see reluctance, you can simply talk to your employee about it. Ask her very kindly about her readiness. Ask her to rank her readiness on a scale of 1 to 10 (lowest to highest). If she ranks it 1 or 2, you will have to go with a different approach and if she ranks it higher, your approach should be completely different.

Usually, no one will actually give you a very low number. In the off chance that she does say 1, for example, ask her what would motivate her to make it 2. This means that you should get her to tell you what would motivate her. While thinking this through she will spell out everything that she has to do before beginning to revise. This realization will motivate her. In the second case, you should ask her why she is as ready as she is (3 and more). If she even gave it a 3, it shows that she is at least slightly motivated. To increase that motivation you simply need to know why the task is important enough for her to even think about it a little. When she spells it out, she will realize for herself that it is indeed important and that will motivate her pretty well.

Remember not to seem unkind or harsh when you are posing these questions. Also, even if you find these questions absurd, you should give them a try. These questions will work much better than simply giving suggestions without knowing what is causing the hesitation in the first place.

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Motivating your employees is more about coaxing reasons out of them at times. Motivate them by encouraging them to speak up and express themselves. This will work much better than being stern or forcing them to complete or revise tasks.

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