Employee motivation can be an easy task especially when the team leader demonstrates the appropriate disciplines. The simple disciplines encourage employee motivation to happen naturally. The wonders of “monkey see, monkey do” approach.
Motivation, also known as self-motivation, is the trigger to act. The factors involved to personally motivate and to inspire are not necessarily the factors that motivate all individuals in the workplace.
No one can conjure up the means to motivate you, only you can discover the best methods in which to inspire yourself. Any motivation always comes from within the individual.
A good and well equipped team leader will demonstrate the appropriate behaviours and create an environment that accentuates motivated employees.
There are two types of self-motivation: External and Internal
External employee motivation comes from awards, bonuses, titles, promotions, money, etc. These are motivators commonly referred to as the hygiene factors. Unfortunately these external motivators do not last and are not a good source for employee motivation.
Let’s pretend we are a team and we had a great year. We decide to give everyone a $5,000 bonus. Everyone is happy and this motivates the employees at an all time high.
A year goes by and the organization did not have such a great year and may be considering laying off some team members. Compared to the previous year, what will the employees expect in terms of a bonus and how will this impact employee morale?
Certainly disappointment is eminent and employee morale will flounder. In order to maintain the current employee motivation, the organization would be expected to offer the same bonus as or higher than the previous year.
This is not possible and decreases employee morale. I draw your attention to the old donkey and carrot story. External motivation is never lasting.
Team leaders should focus on the alternative, internal motivation. It is like success, grows from the inside out and not from the external to the internal.
In order to understand internal employee motivation you need to understand yourself and trust your abilities to carry you forward. This is a key factor in building employee performance.
What do you want to be, to do or to have in life? Combine your dreams with passion and you will be self motivated.
Internal or self motivators enable you to demonstrate all the appropriate behaviours. It is inevitable that a confident, hard-working team player, who recognizes the contributions of others and rewards them with acknowledgement, will pass on those behaviours. These positive behaviours will lead directly to employee motivation. As individuals, we reap what we sow.
As a team leader, if you are critical of yourself, you will be critical of others. This is not an acceptable contribution. However, if you accept the abilities you bring to the table and recognize your achievements, you will be a good leader, a team player and allow your employees to do the job they were hired to do. Recognition for a job well done is strong employee motivation.
You may find it hard to believe but recognition is the most powerful employee motivation of all. Research has shown that there is a stronger need in society today for recognition than there is for sex and money. Now that says something about motivating employee.