Get Your Team Going: Tips From Professional Motivators

    Whether you run your own company or manage a team within a large organization, motivating your employees is extremely important to the overall success of the company.  So how do you do it? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get your team going!

    Up until a few years ago, most of us believed that external factors such as promotions and bonuses were the main ways to motivate employees. However, in recent years it has come to light that certain intrinsic factors are actually much more important and work better as motivational tools. It turns out that people are motivated by challenge, interesting work, and increasing responsibility.

    The best way to figure out how to motivate your team is to ask them! Motivation is a highly individualized and personal thing. Get your team together and explain you want to know what motivates them, personally. Then, ask them to rank these factors from least to most important on a scale of 1-6:

    • Acknowledgement and Respect
    • Camaraderie and Fun
    • Compensation
    • Flexibility and Time Off
    • Increased Responsibility and Challenge
    • Personal and Professional Development

    When asking your team to share this information, make sure you do so in a casual, non-judging environment. It might even be best to have this meeting in an event space outside of the office. This will keep the tone casual and fun. Just make sure the event venue is in the same neighborhood as the office to keep this activity hassle-free. If people are hesitant to share their ranking, share your ranking first to lead by example. It can also be done anonymously to insure that your team is being honest.

    Once you have this list for everyone on your team, set up one-on-one meetings with each person to discuss their information further. Let them know that you want to set up individualized programs to motivate your team members. It’s important that they understand that there are no right or wrong answers. All people will rank these six factors differently. Also, let them know that these are not set in stone and if their beliefs change with time they are free to re-rank these factors.

    The most popular professional motivator will be the one that comes out with the smallest average value rating. Knowing this information allows you to develop your HR programs with special focus in these areas.

    Are there any motivational factors that you think are missing from this list? Do you have any good motivational tips that you have learned along your career path? Share with us in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter.