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How To Get Motivated

Xiaofan Gao
By: Xiaofan Gao
Jun 24, 2020 • 3 min read

Time to Get Motivated

One of the biggest challenges for employers is how to get their employees motivated, because it’s not entirely in their control. They can’t just “make” their workers feel energized all of a sudden. If that were true, most businesses would be running smoothly! So how can companies motivate their employees? Keep reading to find out. 

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Acknowledge Accomplishments

I’m sure many of you are busy with your nine-to-five job, but take a minute to recognize any workers that are going above and beyond or standing out in some way. People can easily become discouraged if they believe that their efforts are for nothing. I mean, why work an additional hour every day if you’re still receiving the same amount of treatment as those who leave early? Speaking of, if you want to motivate the latter group, those who put in less effort than what is required, then make the recognition process more public. This way they will feel more self-motivated and accountable for their effort. Have a company-wide monthly contest, where the people working the hardest and performing the best will receive a prize. 

Have a Purpose

People are more likely to stay motivated if they know that the work they’re doing will make an impact. Thus, you should:

  1. Set weekly, monthly, and annual goals. Don’t set the bar too high, or else people will be too discouraged to even try reaching it.  
  2. Explain the importance of these goals.
  3. Clearly communicate how each department’s workers can contribute to each goal you make, if it is applicable to them. 

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Team Bonding

While monetary reasons are what usually gets people out of bed, being able to see people you like is a great motivator too. Speaking from personal experience, something that motivated me to go to school was the opportunity to hang out with my friends later on that day. The same goes for working. If each worker had amazing, friendly coworkers and teammates, it would be much easier for them to stay the entire day.

Reach Out 

If one of your employees seems to be performing less than their best, make an effort to reach out to them. Employees are more likely to be motivated when they know that their superiors support and understand them. Help to create a bond with your team and form meaningful and trusting relationships.

These are just a few ways you can motivate your employees. Got any more tips to keep your team motivated? Tweet us and share! For more helpful content, check out our blog.