Employee motivation is a critical aspect of the workplace which leads to the performance of the team and the organization. Without it, organizations experience reduced productivity, lower levels of output and it’s likely that the organization will fall short of reaching important goals too.

Here are five crucial areas, leaders need to focus on to increase employee motivation.

1. Communication:

Positive communication from leaders is the easiest way to increase employee motivation as it gives the employee a sense of belonging, camaraderie, responsibility, and makes them feel empowered. Instead of formal communication channels like email, town hall or skip a level meeting, leaders can set aside some time for casual connection with employees e.g. coffee meet, meeting employees at their desk. Create multiple communication channels to keep employees informed about any important decisions, organization or industry challenges, and changes that are going to influence them.

2. Meaning:

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Leaders need to answer “Why do we do the work we do?” for their employees to bring meaningful contribution and motivation.

3. Vision:

The clarity leaders provide to employees about what they are working towards becomes a key contributor to their motivation as well as productivity. Regularly set clear and measurable goals that are framed by this vision so that employees can track progress and they are able to see their success in a tangible way.

4. Confidence & Competence:

If employees lack confidence in themselves, it will impact their motivation and they will perform below their potential. Leaders need to connect with such employees personally to understand what is going on, treat them like high performers that they are capable of becoming, build on their strengths, help them perform, celebrate incremental improvements and encourage them through mistakes.

5. Empowerment:

Research by Seibert, Wang, & Courtright, suggests that when employees feel empowered at work, it is associated with stronger job performance, higher motivation, job satisfaction, and commitment to the organization. Define boundaries within which employees have the freedom to take the decision, autonomy over assignments, resources, and be receptive to their views, ideas, and suggestion to foster empowerment.

Every organization, leader, and employees are unique and there’s no one solution for all, take some of the ideas mentioned here and see how they can benefit your organization.

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