What is the best way to motivate employees to do creative work?

Research by Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer, making progress in meaningful work played a vital role in employee motivation.

This encapsulates the dilemma of managers to balance progress monitoring and motivation.

Here are four tips for leaders to effectively balance progress monitoring and motivation.

Giving direction

Avoid: Do not overburden employees with directions and details.

Practice: Define objectives and allow employees to select a path to get there while providing support.

Information sharing

Avoid: Hiding information or a big picture clarity.

Practice: Share information as openly as possible to get the alignment to the bigger goals.

Progress tracking

Avoid: Micromanaging and frequent inspections.

Practice: Define the frequency of progress checks and on-going support to solve problems employees face.

Error management

Avoid: Focusing on who made the mistake and blaming.

Practice: Help employees identify solutions and corrective actions.

Based on The Progress Principle, Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer