Success Factor: Employee Motivaton

Employee motivation

Employee motivation has become a costly aspect for many organizations: Expensive benefits such as better health, dental and vision insurances, student loan assistance, tuition assistance, gym memberships and free snacks are supposed to increase the employee retention and also attract new employees. But to truly motivate your employees, there are a few other things that should not be underestimated: effective communication, leading as coach, and most importantly, no more demotivating. First, it is important to understand, why employee motivation is so important though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the motivation of your employees matters

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Employee retention

With an increased motivation comes the emotional attachment to an organization. This is especially important in regards to employee retention. The Gallup Study revealed that 95% of employees with a high emotional attachment, plan to work for the organization also in a year’s time. Amongst the employees with a low emotional attachment, however, only 55% said so. In addition, 88% of employees with a high emotional attachment plan to climb the career latter in their current organization – for employees with no emotional attachment, it was only 5%.

 

Business climate

With the employee motivation come employee satisfaction, increased productivity and ultimately, a better business climate. This is made up of the subjectively lived emotions of cooperation and the objectively measured quality of the collaboration of all parties within an organization. The following things matter: Appreciation, interaction, communication, socially competent and emotional intelligent behavior, fair distribution of roles and creating a sense of purpose.

 

Savings

Organizations should find out what the causes are for the decreasing motivation of their employees. It has been shown that it is economically cheaper to engage demotivated employees, than to hire new staff. In Germany, for example, the Gallup study revealed shocking findings: In 2018, the economic costs of people quitting inwardly was 77-103 billion €.

 

How you can increase your employee’s motivation

Dr. Frank Bück, consultant and trainer at ti communication, is confident: The key to successful employee motivation lies in „seeing and treating employees as humans. “ This is done by communicating the right way, discovering new leadership styles and a fundamental change of the way we think:

  1. Start with Why

    In Simon Sinek’s book Start with why: how great leaders inspire everyone to take action he explains the secret of the most successful organizations on earth. The key is communication: all leaders and organizations that stand out from the mass, communicate the same way – they communicate from the inside out. This principle is easily explained in this graphic:

    golden circle

    This is the golden circle – the reason why some inspire and motivated, and some, well, just don’t. If you want to belong the inspiring and motivating leaders, you must start with why. Let’s have a look at the reason from a psychological perspective:

    Our left brain processes the what. It is responsible for the analytical thinking, our logic and language. Our right brain, on the other side, processes emotions and aspects such as trust, loyalty, steers our behavior and is responsible for making decisions.

    When you communicate from the outside in, so with the what, your employees will comprehend numbers, facts and information, but their behavior will not be influenced. When you communicate from the inside out though, so with the why, you’ll be talking to that side of the brain that makes decisions and ultimately fosters motivation.

    Employees need trust and appreciation – therefore, communicate from the inside out; start with why.

  2. Leading as a coach

    Leaders have been challenged to replace the old-fashioned top-down management style. With what? With leading as coach. The following reasons speak for this needed change:

    Employees who think their leader is effective in terms of…

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    While organisations expect their employees to work independently and creative, leaders must provide the needed motivation and support for their development.

    Therefore: leading as coach. Google explains how you can be a good coach:

    • Be present on focus on the coachee
    • Be aware of your own mentality, as well as that of the coachee
    • Practice empethatic listening (active listening, reflective listening)
    • Ask open questions to give your coachee the chance to share his own insights
  3. Stop demotivating

    To increase employee motivation, some leaders just have to stop being demotivating sometimes. In a study regarding the theme of demotivation, the National Business Research Institute in Texas came up with a list, how managers take away the fun out of work. Here are some of the motivation killers.

    1. Stress

      Motivation killer number 1: Stress. Nowadays, it happens frequently that pressure and work overload cause stress. Even though stress can cause temporarily increased levels of resilience and performance, it will weaken the immune system, body and mind, over long periods of time. Eventually, the motivation to work will vanish.

    2. Pessimism

      ayo ogunseinde 202302 unsplashYour bad mood is contagious! Some leaders always find something to complain about:

      • No positive feedback
      • Focus on problems instead of solutions
      • Only see mistakes and no achievements

      With that kind of pessimism, you can drag down the motivation of an entire team. If nothing is ever good enough, why should employees put effort into their work, or be motivated at work for that matter?

    3. Lack of appreciation

      Praise and appreciation are still the best motivation – when communication at work, conflicts can emerge quickly if you do not take the time to appreciate the work of your employees. Way too often, we react a lot quicker towards mistakes, than to achievements, which can easily be perceived as a lack of appreciation. A simple ‘Thank you’ is often enough and should not be forgotten.

Do you want to learn more about motivating your team? Then we will support you with the right training, which you can find in our open training selection. If your desired location is not listed, we would be happy to find an individual solution for you! We look forward to hearing from you.

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