Increasing motivation in the workplace through positive impact
Most people who have experience working in an office have seen firsthand the difference between one that has a positive environment and one that doesn't. A positive office environment has a better productivity rate, happier workers overall, better morale, and a lower turnover rate.
There are a number of things that can contribute to a more positive working environment. As a manager, you have in your power the ability to make a positive impact on your employees on a daily basis.
The following are a few ideas on how you can make a positive impact daily to increase motivation of your employees:
Don't underestimate the power of praise.
Praise is a strong motivational factor for a number of reasons. People like to feel that their hard work is not only being noticed, but appreciated as well. Knowing that they are doing their jobs well is better motivation to keep up the good work. So take the time to make a positive impact on your employees daily by praising them for the work they do, for their team spirit, good attitude, or anything else that helps contribute to the office. Praise in public as well as private.
Set the example.
The example you set in the office will have a ripple effect on your employees whether positive or negative. You can make a positive impact daily by remaining in a good mood and keeping a positive, optimistic outlook at all times. Don't blame others or complain about things you don't have any control over, and don't be vocal about your gripes or annoyances. This kind of attitude and example will spread to your employees and soon create a negative atmosphere in the office.
Don't dwell on the negatives
Mistakes are inevitable. Deadlines are missed, typos are made, sales calls are botched. If these things are happening on a regular basis, then it is important to call attention to the problem and fix it. However, don't dwell on mistakes. Doing so can bring down the overall motivation of the office. Instead, focus on how they can be fixed and how to prevent them in the future. It's important also, when reprimanding or pointing out something negative, to preface and end on a positive note.
Foster good communication skills
You can make a positive impact daily by taking the time to communicate with and recognize your employees. Don't rely solely on email and phone calls to conduct the majority of your business and correspondence with your employees as well as your customers where possible. Instead, drop by offices and cubicles. Face to face interaction can have a more positive, personal effect than just emails or phone calls.
You will also want to make sure your employees feel comfortable stopping by your office to talk at any time about work-related issues. Listening to your employees and following through on promises or commitments you make can have a positive effect on your employees and office.
Calling people by name can make a great motivational tool as well. People love to hear their own names, and using them makes them feel known and appreciated. Make an effort to get to know and use everyone's names.
These are just a few of many ways you can increase motivation throughout your office and with your employees. Continuing to do so will make your office a better, more productive place to work for all employees.