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Motivation in the Workplace in 5 Easy Steps

Aug 17, 2007
How does management achieve motivation in the workplace in today's society? It is a great question, because a motivational workplace is a successful one. Without motivation the end result is poor quality in the workplace.

Some issues to consider when achieving motivation in the workplace are listed below. Every workplace has different situations. Not all rules will apply for unrelated settings. The corporate office will have different factors to consider than a factory, or a construction site. They are all going to be a little different.

The one thing that will remain the same is human nature, and how we react to different situations. Here are five common factors you can manage:

1. Different types of personalities

This is one of the biggest issues to consider. One thing that needs to be considered is that people are all different. We all have different personality traits and quirks.

We are all not going to get along well every day, stuck in an office, kitchen, truck or factory together. It just isn't possible. It is not the way we are made. What one person may think of as constructive criticism, another may find as being bossy.

One person may think that they are being productive and the person next to them may think they are being lazy. It is just the way people think differently. Management's job is to see that the job is completed, through the employee.

To do this, they must be able to understand the differences in people and learn how to deal with these issues. They need to learn to be diplomatic in these situations and keep everyone running smoothly.

2. Rewards

The key to motivation is goals. So if motivation in the workplace is desired, then rewards for the employees are a must. They need to be motivated into doing a great job.

Whether it be promotions, bonuses or just simple words of affirmation, they deserve that for a job well done.

3. Working environment

The workplace needs to be a fun and enjoyable place. A person spends 7-10 hours on the average per day at this place. If it isn't a fun, and comfortable place to be, then workplace motivation can't be achieved.

People can work, socialize and laugh at the same time! It can be done.

4. Independency

Employees need to be able to think on their own. No one wants to be told what to do and when and how to do it every minute of the day. The employee needs to know what the expectations are and be allowed to do it.

They will take pride in it if it is their idea and their way of doing things. There is usually more than one way to accomplish the same thing.

5. Room for error

So many times in the workplace management does not plan for errors. Then when they happen, no one knows what to do to correct them. It is management's job to make a plan B just in case something goes wrong. And it does!

Motivation in the workplace takes time and patience as the manager or boss. With these simple tips, it can be achieved and a more productive workplace can be found.
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Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently produced a very popular free report that reveals how to crush procrastination and sustain lasting motivation. Apply now because it is available for a limited time only at: motivation techniques
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