The success of any business is largely determined by how motivated its employees are to effectively and efficiently carry out the primary responsibilities of their role. Motivated employees are engaged, committed and productive. Motivation is the key to creating an environment wherein achieving maximum performance is possible.
A common mistake managers and leaders make is assuming that motivation is something you “give” to an employee. The reality is that motivation is something you “get out” of an employee. Motivation is a predisposition to act, with the key letters being p-r-e. In other words, employees are already motivated and they simply choose whether or not to “spend” some of this finite resource on us. As a leader, it is your responsibility to draw that motivation out by creating an environment in which they feel inspired to share some of their motivation with you. These motivations are personal and unique to every member of your team. What might motivate one person can have the opposite impact on another.
So it’s not a question of “How do I motivate my employees?” The real question is “How do I get them to spend that critical resource with me?” Now that’s an easy question: Ask them!