How to Motivate your Workforce
Being a leader requires the ability to light a fire in your workforce to motivate and inspire them. This can be a hugely difficult ask! The hugely successful course from Maguire Training, 'Motivating Others' talks delegates through winsome ways to effectively motivate your workforce. A motivated work force is more productive and generally happier, which produces a win-win effect for businesses. The course helps attendees to:
Motivation is defined as being the internal and external factors that stimulate, enthuse and energise a person to behave in a particular manner. We often hear about a criminal's motivation for committing a crime; it's basically the reason why we do what we do! Motivation is a complex process because it is both a conscious and unconscious process motivated by our environments, thought processes, emotional state and also feedback. Over time, a person's motivation to commit to a project can diminish if their workload remains unchallenging, unstimulating or too erratic and complex.
Where and how we work play a large role in how motivated we feel. If we are crammed in like sardines, paid little money and neglected by our boss, it may be hard to feel motivated. If we are given flexible working hours, pay rises and rewards and recognition for our work, we are more likely to feel appreciated and work harder. Creating the right environment requires many physical, emotional and mental factors.
Many great minds have put forward theories as to why people become motivated and de-motivated. Such professors of their line of work include Maslow with his hierarchy of needs and Herzberg and McGregor. By exploring these various theories, we can understand the psychological reasons why we behave as we do and understand the importance of acknowledgement, recognition and reward.
Whether you manage a team of 5 or work with a hundred people, each member of your team is different. Different people handle things in different ways. Some people are Type A self-starters; self-motivated, raring to go and outspoken. Others are shyer, slow to warm up and may have certain sensitivities and needs that influence motivation. They may also have troubles outside of the workplace, medical or emotional conditions or just about anything else going on that may influence their motivation levels. Taking the time to know and understand the different people in your team will help you learn how to motivate them.
Punishment is very ineffective at work. Workers respond better to praise and reward. Workers that are constantly punished, ignored or belittled simply mentally check out, go on to autopilot and attempt to get through the day. Rewarding workers with pay rises, positive feedback and exciting new projects as well as little add-ons such as flexible working hours helps keep them loyal to their place of work.
Motivation is a complex but fascinating subject and the 'Motivation Others' course from Maguire awards attendees with 6 CPD points and is well worth it for managers looking to motivate workers and for workers looking to understand what makes them tick.