04 Oct What happens to the success of your business when you motivate your team?
What happens to the success of your business when you motivate your team?
If I were to ask if you have a motivated team, what would you say?
You might look at the members of your team and think that in their day-to-day work they appear happy and content, but how many of them are just going through the motions?
The key to the future of your business is in the motivation of your employees to be engaged with their work and to perform well, to work together as a team and to go the extra mile to build a future for themselves, for the rest of the team and for your business.
A well-motivated team is more engaged, committed and enthusiastic about their environment and about the work that they do. They are not just mindlessly clocking in and out, but they are present, ready to give their all to their role.
Taking all of that into consideration, if I were to ask you again whether you have a motivated team, what would be your answer?
Remember – the motivation of your team is your responsibility, and you decide how to motivate them.
Back in the late 1800’s, extrinsic motivation – the carrot and stick method – was used. A member of your team does something good, you reward them; alternatively, a member of your team does something bad, you punish them.
And although this might sound like an archaic way in which to motivate your team, the carrot and stick method still exists in many businesses – especially for mundane, routine tasks.
But the world has changed, and the tasks of the 1800’s are not the same as those of today. Instead of working on an assembly line in a factory, we are creating technology and services, experiences.
The carrot and stick approach is proving incompatible with the world in which we live and with the expectations of today’s employees. I am sure you can see this in your own team.
They want, expect and deserve more and, if you want to hold on to your people, it is your job to understand what motivates them and make your business more appealing to them by using intrinsic, not extrinsic, motivators. When you do this, they will be motivated to help you and your business succeed.
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