Keeping coworkers motivated is the backbone to the success of a company. Your coworkers need to know that you believe in them so they will believe in themselves and in return, inspire others. Dale Carnegie once said “if you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.” The key is getting your coworkers motivated to help them be as productive as possible. Here are some tips to help you get started.
- The number one tip is a cliché one at best: treat others the way you want to be treated. The golden rule is never to be outdone and is the best way to get people motivated. When you treat people kindly, they will in return treat you with an equal level of respect. Feeling as though they are equal to you will create a level of cohesiveness and will motivate your coworkers to help you out.
- Giving people responsibility to those capable of the task. When coworkers are given full responsibility of a task, they will be more motivated to do their best since they are the one held accountable for the outcome of the given task. In comparison, having coworkers work in groups can produce feelings of inadequacy and, in some cases, not everyone will put forth 100% effort since they are not motivated to do the work.
- Be a good listener to everyone. Everyone needs to feel that they matter and their opinions can ultimately make a difference. Keeping an open line for communication will motivate coworkers to come up with new, creative solutions and ideas when they know you’ll listen.
- Get to know everyone individually, but within limits. You do not have to become personal friends with each colleague, but it is important to make an effort to pay adequate attention to everyone. Knowing each coworkers strengths and weaknesses, wants and needs, shows that you, as a leader, care about each coworker and they will be motivated to complete tasks for you.
The foundation for motivating others is to strengthen their sense of belonging. Showing that you care can squash any fear they may have for being productive within your company. An important quote by Dale Carnegie to pass on to your coworkers: “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it…that is the quickest way and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”
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