"Most employees are motivated, energetic, committed, enthusiastic & loyal .... except the eight hours they work for you" - Tom Peters
Yep, all people are motivated - do you believe that? It's true.
Have you ever asked yourself "how do I motivate my people?". If you have, you wouldn't be the first.
The good news for you is, motivating your team is not your job. But don't relax, that doesn't mean there is no work for you.
Your job is to inspire them because they are already motivated.
The question is, are they motivated by what your business stands for? Do they see the work they do as important and making a difference? Does it have purpose? What's in it for them to play at 100%?
You may say, "well I pay them, I'm giving them a job, that's what's in it for them".
That, is a transactional relationship, which ensures they will only give you the bare minimum required to keep the pay cheques coming.
To get a truly motivated team, one that goes beyond the minimum effort, you need to go beyond providing the minimum job. A job is nice - and in a depressed economy it's fantastic ... but we're not talking about depressed economies. We're talking about getting a team that is truly firing on all cylinders.
Enough of my raving antics, let's hear what others have to say on the subject. And it is a subject that is becoming more and more important given the changing values of the workforce (in case you didn't know, industrial age employment relationships are out - workplace 2.0 is in full swing) AND the importance of the ultimate competitive advantage - company culture, cannot continue to be ignored.
There are some great articles below accompanied by some of my all time favourite books when it comes to understanding what makes people tick. Enjoy .....