"How can I motivate those around me to do their best and be more productive?"
Leaders, CEOs, and managers at all levels have asked this question at some point in their career. Below you'll find a list of 5 things that you can start doing today to cultivate ownership in your employees, increase motivation, and boost productivity. Enjoy!
1. Give People Responsibility
Get the monkey off your back by delegating tasks to others. This not only frees you up to complete more important work, it also builds trust and fosters a sense of ownership in others. When people are fully responsible for something, they are more likely to find the motivation to complete the task, knowing that they will be held accountable for the success or failure of the project.
2. Praise and Compliment
“I don’t like to be recognized,” said nobody, ever. Get into the habit of praising and complimenting people for their good qualities and a job well done. The organizations with the highest satisfaction ratings and levels of engagement use recognition and praise as a powerful motivator. According to one Gallup study, employees who receive recognition on a regular basis (at least once per week) increase their individual productivity, receive higher satisfaction scores from customers, and are more likely to stay with their organization.
3. Schedule More One-On-One Time
Boost productivity and buy-in through the lost art of one-on-one conversations. By spending more time with your employees, you will make them feel valued while also getting to hear their suggestions, ideas, and problems. These personal connections will pay dividends while increasing loyalty and motivation.
4. Provide Proper Resources
Ask the simple question, “What do you need to do your job better?” You may be surprised or even shocked by the answer. Maybe they need access to more information to make the right decisions, better equipment, or a different workspace. Acting on your findings will prove to be a huge motivation booster.
5. Co-Create Purposeful Work
People crave meaning and purpose in their work. In the book Give and Take, Wharton professor Adam Grant says that when people find purpose in their work, it not only improves that person's happiness, it also boosts their productivity. One way to give employees that purpose, according to Grant, is to have them meet the very people they are helping and serving. Giving people access to customers so they can see firsthand the human impact their work is making is the greatest human motivator, says Grant.