Assessing the Role of Motivation on the Employees Performance
Everyone has motivators that trigger them to excel. Although the things that motivate one person may not work for another, finding out what spurs your staffers to action can help you urge them to higher levels of performance. In addition to being more productive employees, motivated staffers are also more likely to have high job satisfaction and better morale.
Money is a strong motivator for employees. Staffers who feel they are well compensated are more likely to be high performers, as are those who participate in incentive programs and have the chance to earn bonuses. Employees who feel underpaid or undervalued are more likely to lack the motivation to excel beyond their basic job duties.
A job well done is a motivator for employees who find personal satisfaction in doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. These employees need positive feedback from managers to help them feel good about the work they perform. This can be done through positive performance evaluations and regular acknowledgment of contributions and achievements.
Staffers looking to advance through the ranks at the company are more likely to be motivated by professional ambition. Employees who see potential for growth and are given increasing levels of responsibility are more apt to continue to push themselves to excel. In this sense, realized ambition has the potential to be a motivational driver.
Employees who have a long history with a company may feel a vested interest in the continued success of the organization. These individuals may be motivated to perform at optimum levels as a way of achieving job security. Concurrently, employees who fear for their positions may also be motivated to higher levels of productivity as a way to protect against job loss.
Some professionals are motivated by a desire for recognition. Employee recognition programs that acknowledge and reward staffers for their contributions are often valued to such a degree that they become strong motivators for enhanced performance. Company awards, commendation from a board of directors or recognition in a public forum often motivate staffers to push themselves to increased levels of productivity.
Identifying Staff Motivators
A savvy manager can identify what motivates staffers by asking for employee input. Conduct regular staff surveys and ask workers what motivates them and what professional factors are likely to increase their performance levels. In addition to giving you valuable insight, this approach will also demonstrate to employees that their input is valued.
Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.