How to Motivate Other People Effectively
If your job requires you to motivate other people you will have to ensure your performance, efficiency and productivity is inspiring in some way. Being able to coax staff and colleagues successfully is a skill, which can only really be mastered by someone who is motivated, highly competent and knowledgeable. Understanding how other people respond to requests also needs to be taken into account.
Whilst there may be few naturally skilled motivators out there most people do possess the ability to motivate other people, in some way.
Creating a Motivational EnvironmentMost people are motivated by some form of reward that is given to them in exchange for their effort and achievement. This reward could be praise, additional responsibility, a financial incentive or anything else of similar perceived value. Understanding what makes people feel good in their environment, and in the work that they do, will help motivators decide the most appropriate style of encouragement to use.
Ensuring that staff and colleagues are comfortable in their surroundings, and with the responsibilities that they have, will also enable a motivator to monitor progress and efficiency. Offering additional support, encouragement and motivation, when it is needed will then be easier to do.
Motivational AppealAppealing to an individual’s personal motivation level, to perform a task, is a better way of encouraging self-motivation than simply offering a form of bribe or reward for the completion of the work. Offering a reward can imply that the task you want someone to do is unpleasant, time-consuming or difficult, and also reinforces the unequal relationship between motivator and the person being coaxed. Providing an incentive also discourages personal ownership of the task, and can therefore be counter-productive.
Motivation can increase productivity, creativity, performance, responsibility, efficiency and a whole host of other positive outcomes, both in the workplace and in the home environment. Knowing how to motivate the people around you will enable you to stretch and encourage others to improve their skills and ability, and will have them doing whatever you request.