What actually motivates employees?
Is it the money? Is it taking satisfaction from a job well done? Is it working in a challenging work environment? Anything else perhaps?
As every employee is an individual with their own motivations and reasons to come to work it’s a given that money, whilst important isn’t the prime reason people come to work. As employers we’d like to think that people actually enjoy being at work and some even measure employee satisfaction, regularly and take notice of the research.
American psychologist Abraham Maslow created the ‘Hierarchy of Needs’, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualisation. Unfortunately (or not) his model has been Meme’d with “WiFi” becoming the foundation of all our needs.
So we have a rough idea of what employees are seeking, they want to attain self actualisation for themselves, how can we as employers contribute to this lofty objective?
In a recent report from engagement specialists PEAKON* they found that :
Strong leadership is the biggest driver of employee engagement across both genders:
So strong leadership is the most important motivational factor an employer can deliver to get the most out of their employees. But what is strong leadership?
I reckon that the following contributes to strong leadership, what do you think?
There are a few simple steps that you too could follow to motivate your employees and it costs you very little but the important thing is to be a great leader, no matter where you are in the organisation. Get to know your employees motivations, have clearly defined performance objectives, regular 1-2-1 meetings and offering training and support where it’s needed.
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*Understanding male and female motivation in the workplace PEAKON ENGAGEMENT REPORT October 2016