So, you want to help motivate your employees (or for that matter, yourself). Today’s post will be short and to the point.
Many of us have been brought up with the idea that monetary incentives are the best way to motivate a work force. Research indicates otherwise (https://hbr.org/1993/09/why-incentive-plans-cannot-work ). It appears that only work that requires assembly line type skills helps motivate workers and increase productivity. In work that requires any form of independent thinking adding monetary incentives is actually counter-productive.
Author Dan Pink (Drive or Ted Talk – http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation?language=en ) suggests three powerful tools to help motivate workers.
- Autonomy – Give your employees autonomy. Make sure they have enough information and training to do their job, and then get out of their way. Offer support where and when needed, but don’t dictate how to do their job.
- Mastery – Help your employees do their job well and continue to develop their skills.
- Purpose – Explain to your employees Why (check out Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why or check out his Ted Talk – https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en ) they should do their job. Allow them to see the bigger picture and feel part of making a difference.
AMP up your workforce. Help your employees to be better motivated and more productive.