Self-motivation results in forward momentum. A self-motivated employee is a valuable resource for a business that wants to reach goals, innovate, and go beyond the expected results for their company.
But what does being self-motivated at work look like? And is it possible for employers to create an environment where self-motivation is encouraged and becomes the norm?
Let’s take a closer look at how self-motivation can make a huge difference in business.
How Self Motivation Helps a Business Thrive
When employees find performing their jobs to be satisfying, there are many positive results for a business. A self-motivated staff is more likely to meet their goals and then exceed them. They will see a task needs doing, and then get it done. These employees are doing better quality work because they are not phoning their job in; they are actively engaged in their tasks.
For a business, meeting their goals can mean opportunities to set new goals. With a staff of self-motivated employees continually improving their skills, this can mean an expanding vision for the purposes of the business.
Self-motivated employees, who are valued, are happier in their jobs. This can mean a lower employee turnover rate.
Tips for Encouraging Self Motivation Among Your Employees
While you can always create rewards programs as an easy way to improve activity among your employees in the short term, increasing self-motivation among your staff is a daily part of your company’s culture.
Do your employees feel comfortable that they know where they fit in at their jobs? Do they know their work is valued by the business? When employees know their work is appreciated, they are more likely to feel part of the company culture and want to work to see the business they are a part of succeed.
Value and recognize when your employees do great work. While money is often an appropriate way to do this, so is praise. Recognize your staff regularly to make this a part of the daily culture.
Take care of your employees. People appreciate working for a company that remembers they are human. This means giving your employees regular breaks so they can recharge. It can also mean keeping them fueled with healthy snacks. After all, no one does their best work when they are tired or hungry.
Tell your employees what the goals are for the business. It’s easier to help a company work toward goals when your staff knows what those goals are.
Encourage your staff to work together. When they see how their work benefits their colleagues, you can create a tighter work environment where people feel motivated to help each other, and therefore the business, reach goals.