Motivating employees is a tough task for many leaders. Some don’t know where to start, or write off unmotivated employees as a lost cause. But strategies to increase motivation are important, as employee ambition and determination are the driving forces behind business success.
Leaders who struggle motivating their employees often fail to realize the link between employee engagement and motivation. Without strong engagement levels, employees lack motivation to perform at their best. When employees lack motivation, they’re often disengaged. And vice versa—when employees are disengaged, they’re probably not motivated to give their best. Tackle your motivation problems head on by assessing and adjusting the employee experience to increase engagement.
Employee engagement is the strength of the mental and emotional connection that employees feel toward the work they do. Employee motivation is an employees’ will to do something. With high employee engagement, employee motivation and productivity surges.
Employee engagement helps intrinsically motivate employees to perform better. When employees are aligned and connected to their work, team, and organization, they are likely to have an internal drive that generates business results.
While employees can gain motivation from external factors such as deadlines and pay raises, it’s more effective to focus on employee engagement to boost motivation. When employees take ownership over their work because they like their job, they are less likely to burn out and more likely to be self-motivated.
Leaders have an integral role in employee motivation. They shape many factors in the employee experience. Effective leaders regularly assess and adjust the employee experience with the goal of building engagement. And when these efforts are successful, organizations are likely to celebrate a highly motivated workforce.
By understanding each employee’s ambitions, managers can effectively align ambitions with work. Leverage consistent feedback and recognition throughout an employees’ tenure to help them grow and feel valued. Managers who communicate transparently and continuously will boost employees’ connection to their work and, in turn, increase motivation.
Strong employee motivation and engagement are critical to the health and success of your organization. In fact, engaged employees are 69 percent more likely to be productive. With a disengaged and unmotivated workforce, productivity plummets and business outcomes are less common. Leaders need to shape their motivation strategies around employee engagement for optimal performance.
It’s essential to adjust the employee experience to support remote employees. Create your engagement strategies with your remote workforce in mind to drive motivation.
Rather than copying in-person practices to increase engagement, consider how these experiences will affect remote employees. If the outcome is increased alignment, for example, implement practices that create that same outcome for remote employees.
Don’t expect your initiatives to directly translate to the remote environment. Create a continuous listening strategy to help you understand what is or isn’t motivating and engaging remote employees.
Employee engagement software can provide the tools that help you streamline your engagement initiatives. Organizations who leverage these platforms can better practice the strategies that motivate their workforce.
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