Tips for Motivating Your Team

If a happy team is a productive team then it is extremely important to set the right tone in the workplace by both respecting and valuing your employees.

The ‘Three R’s of Employee Motivation’ outlines respect, recognition and reward as essential motivators. Briefly these are:
Respect – Everyone wants to be treated with respect.

Recognition – Two powerful words are important in employee motivation… “Great Job!”

Reward – While cash incentives are a sure way to put a smile on an employee’s face, there are other creative ways to motivate employees through “thoughtful” gestures.

These 3 motivational factors create a framework that employers can build on to create a satisfied and inspired workforce. The secret is taking the time to get to know your team, their interests and what motivates them!

Below are a few additional practical tips for your consideration that can easily be implemented in your workplace to help engage your people.

Autonomy – Providing people with the autonomy or freedom to determine how to accomplish outcomes helps people learn and feel that they can be trusted.

Helping Others – When people are helping others they feel like they are contributing, going beyond the minimum and sharing their own unique knowledge or insight.

Delivering Good Service – How motivated would you be if you worked in a business that had a reputation for bad or inferior service?

Development – The vast majority of people want to be developed. Development is not just about training courses and conferences. It includes giving people new challenges.

Achievement – Creating a sense of achievement counts as a highly powerful motivational tool that in most circumstances creates an extremely satisfied workforce. People often look back at their life, and focus on what they have achieved, above what they earned.

The Work Itself – Most jobs may not be exciting or interesting after a certain period of time.  Hence it is important to introduce motivational factors such as subtle changes or new goals that help increase job satisfaction.

Responsibility – Added responsibility itself is not a major motivational factor to many people, but recognizing and rewarding that responsibility could prove to be motivational.

Advancement – In an era where most employees do not expect a job for life, advancement within the job motivates most people.

Food for thought: As many as 87% of employee’s leave their work as they fail to make an emotional connection with their boss.


Richard Kemp – Watts Price Accountants

The advice provided on this Article is general advice only. It has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.