What do you do if you are motivated and rearing to go, but your co-workers couldn’t give a damn. Rather than give up and go to alone, you at least have to try and get them to work with you. Here are some motivational tips and strategies that you can use to get your coworkers or employees to cooperate with you.
If you are a company owner, you will obviously have more power here than if you were a regular employee. Funnily enough it has been proven that motivating people with money doesn’t work over the long term. Money is just a means to an end. The best way to motivate your employees is to find out what makes them tick. You could perhaps offer gifts and incentives whenever they reach a target. There are many companies who will let you have free gift catalogs if you are offering their gifts as incentives to your staff. People normally love to receive gifts and will normally see something that they want within a gift catalog that they will love. In this way they will work harder in order to obtain the item of their choice.
Other great ways to motivate your staff is to recognize their achievements publicly. There is nothing worse than doing an excellent job and nobody even notices. That is enough to demotivate anybody. You could perhaps have a star of the month or hand out trophies. People love to feel appreciated and needed.
Promoting good workers is also a very effective way to motivate people. People will generally work harder if they know that they can move up within the company, and get a better position within the organization.
If you are a supervisor or project leader with a team of unmotivated employees on your hands, and you have a project that you need to work on together, the situation could be a slight bit trickier. You job is to get the team just as motivated as you are to go ahead and do a great job on the project.
The trick is to try and get to know your team on a personal level. Find out what their likes and dislikes are, what types of goals they have, and also focus on their needs rather than just your own. If people feel that their feelings are taken into account, they will normally give more back to you and be more motivated to get the job done. Try to be fair on your entire team and delegate the work fairly. Lead by example, and make sure that you are putting in just as much effort as your team is, because if you slack off, then so will your team.
It is sometimes difficult to motivate people, and it does take practice, as well as trial and error. With with a bit of practice you should be able to ace the motivation game in time.