Tips for Motivating Employees

Tips for Motivating Employees

Do you have employees that are unmotivated? Why are some employees self-motivated, while others need to be pushed? As a supervisor you can let it drive you crazy or you can embrace the challenge. It is probably wise to opt for the latter. Here are some effective supervisory tips for motivating employees.

Learn their strengths and weaknesses.

When take the time to evaluate your employees you can learn their strengths and weakness. This enables you to focus on their strengths, and get them the training needed to improve their weaknesses.

Applauding people’s strengths will encourage them to continue to do well in those areas. And providing them with necessary training can help to build their confidence, which can also increase their motivation.

When possible, it can be helpful to put employees in pairs. Motivation can be contagious when you pair someone who appears to be unmotivated with someone who is self-motivated. You are providing the unmotivated person an environment in which he can excel.

In addition, when you pair employees, they learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. This can create stronger relationships, which can help motivate your team as a whole.

Give supervisory feedback.

Positive feedback only please. It is possible to get the results you want by only giving positive feedback. It is important to note that this does not mean that employees will not have areas that require growth. However, it does mean that you need to encourage growth in a reassuring and positive manner.

Motivating employees with positive feedback can be done using these methods:

  • evaluating employee performance
  • telling employees what they have done well
  • and asking them what areas they feel the need improve.

Once this is decided you can offer your employee training or encouragement to aid the improvement. Negative feedback can be exhausting for both the sender and receiver. It can also reduce production and decrease motivation.

Positive feedback can put you and your team on the fast track to success. By motivating employees with positive feedback, you create a better environment for learning and growing.

Help them motivate themselves.

Encourage employees to do self-analysis and help them take ownership of their career. Help them realize their dreams and goals, and provide ways to facilitate them.

It is important that employees write down where they want to be and how they want to get there. This can help them understand the importance of their job. Once they do that, they can be motivated to be the best they can be.

As employees embrace the process of self-analysis they will also find ways to improve themselves. Let them know that you are there to help aid them in their discovery and provide help where you can.

Just do it.

Becoming a better supervisory leader is as simple as following these tips for motivating employees. Take the time to implement them and you will reap the benefits. If you only read the tips and don’t functionally change your approach, you’ll never get ahead. Motivating employees starts with motivating yourself to make a change.


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