How to Motivate Employees

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017
Motivate Employees

How to Motivate Employees. The success of any organization largely depends on the motivation of its employees. Unfortunately, there is no exact formula to determine how to motivate any particular group of people. The fact is we are all motivated by different things. Still, there are some key concepts to keep in mind when developing a plan to motivate employees, regardless of the organization.

Step 1

Inspire employees by motivating yourself. It is difficult for you to inspire others if you do not feel inspired. Enthusiasm is contagious. Start by developing an employee motivational plan in order to understand what motivates you and them.

Step 2

Strive to align the company's work goals the goals of the employees.

Step 3

Understand what motivates each of your employees so you know how to motivate the staff as whole. Strive to create an environment that encourages employees on a personal level. Ask the employees what motivates them to work either one on one, in a survey or through the supervisors. Ask what they would like to see in the company that would motivate them even more.

Step 4

Recognize that supporting employee motivation is an on-going process, not a task. It is not something to check off a to-do list and then forget about.

Step 5

Support employee motivation by using an organizational system like policies and procedures instead of counting on good intentions to pull you through. The nature of interpersonal relationships in the workplace constantly changes, so have systems in place that motivate the employees while supporting the organization's infrastructure.