Motivation and Inspiration: Keeping Employees at the Top of Their Game

Hiring the best employees is not enough to ensure the long term success of any business. They need to be motivated and inspired enough to perform at their best all the time. When motivation and inspiration are present, employees deliver more than what is expected of them. How to put your employees in this frame of mind is a question that many business owners should think about.


Some ideas on how to keep the employees’ mind set aligned with the company’s goals are:

1. Coaching Sessions – It would help a great deal for bosses and their staff to have regular sessions to discuss the challenges they face in their daily work load. While some would think that this might be an overly hands-on way of managing people, this actually empowers employees to make more prudent decisions and perform better. This could be done on a weekly or monthly basis.

2. Regular Performance Appraisal and Career Tracking – Employees need to know that they are moving forward in their careers too. Achieving professional milestones can be a good way to motivate employees to keep on aspiring and working towards their career goals. There is no need to stress that better performance towards a promotion also means better efficiency for the company. Quarterly appraisals and an annual performance review are recommended to sustain employee motivation and inspiration.

3. Employee Engagement Activities – Having fun in the workplace is one of the reasons why employees stay in a company. They look forward to each working day and continue to do their best despite the challenges they face. Not every company can have a laid back atmosphere and employee leisure facilities like that of the Google headquarters. But, smaller companies can have the regular employee facilities such as a lounge or perhaps even a small fitness gym. Aside from this, they can plan to hold fun employee activities that are done to foster camaraderie and to shake the stress off. Some of the activities that can be held to coincide with special occasions and holidays are: a Father’s Day photo contest, a Memorial Day company-wide picnic, and a Halloween trick or treating activity for the employees and their children.

In whatever activities conducted to sustain employee motivation and inspiration, it is important to keep the employees’ interest in mind too. These activities are necessary to energize them and make them feel good about belonging to such a dynamic business organization.

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Want to Know How to Remain Motivated at Work?

No matter what type of job you have or where you work, everybody suffers from motivation issues. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to wrongly identify what they’re motivated by, so from cash to praise, chocolate to promotions, motivation through materialism doesn’t always work.

Motivation is the key to being successful in life, and keeping your spirits high will also empower others to do the same. Motivation is crucial to productivity, and the more you’re willing to work to improve yourself, the higher quality that work will be. Purpose is also very important in sustaining motivation, so if you’re ever lost as to what you’re meant to be, then the following methods may be able to help.

Through copious amounts of research, scientists have uncovered a number of ways an individual can motivate themselves, and over the years these methods have even been proven or disproven. A new method has recently been discovered however, combining purpose, mastery and autonomy to reveal one of the most productive ways to remain motivated at work, as well as in life too.

The Reservoir of Grit

The need for water is much like the need for mastery, whether you want to be in control of your emotions, your weight or your motivation. Mastery keeps the soul alive, but a person must first learn how to cultivate accomplishment. This accomplishment, or ‘grit’, comes naturally in some people, and these are the individuals that don’t lose focus, drop out or forget their abilities.

Everyone has grit, but it’s whether you’re able to tap into the source that defines you. In order to find your grit and to re-evaluate your motivation, why not ask yourself what job you would do for free? If you’re self-employed or a contractor, make sure you contact Brookson, for help and advice when organizing your finances and job opportunities.

Where Can You Be Your Own Boss?

In mundane situations we sometimes become passive and inert, and this is a far cry from the curious and self-directed toddlers we once were. If only we could access that curiosity and motivation when we’re stuck at the bottom of the office pecking order. Research has shown however that people in jobs with the least power and responsibility actually develop a sense of autonomy, and this was because they performed outside the necessary needs of their job.

Take hospital cleaners for example. Those who were the most satisfied with their jobs were the ones that spoke to patients, helped nurses and introduced themselves to doctors. As soon as they started to re-evaluate and reframe their duties, they started to take control of their job and the motivation that comes with it.

Find Your Sentence

Some of the greatest men and women this world has ever seen have been remembered for what they’ve said as well as what they’ve done. Abraham Lincoln had one, and so did John F. Kennedy – so what’s yours? If you weren’t here tomorrow, how would others quote you, what would they say? Once you have a sentence in mind, make it your motto and tell others about it too. This way, you’ll remain motivated at work by reminding yourself of your personal values. 

This article was written by Lloyd for Brookson Accountants – specialists in providing financial services for contractors, small-businesses and the self-employed. 

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