Motivation is clearly one key factor that helps an employee grow toward his/her peak performance in a career. By seeking to understand each employee and what motivates them, you can help him/her achieve short and long-term employment goals.

Here are 6 proven ways to help motivate employees to reach their full potential in the workplace:

  1. Form meaningful and purposeful relationships. Personality assessments may prove useful in helping with employer/ employee relationship building. Knowing one another leads to better communication and more successful goal setting.
  2. Let each employee know that you are looking out for their best interests by supporting him/her. Motivation begins and continues with trust.    
  3. Recognize and celebrate each employee’s good work. Employees tend to be more loyal and motivated to search out new ways to learn and improve their own skills.
  4. Inform your employees of opportunities that await them if the potential for growth is evident. Being a “dream builder" will challenge him/her to achieve the next level, whatever that may be.
  5. Provide as much security and stability in leading your employees as possible. By transparently sharing your failures and successes, it is much easier for employees to steer through times of uncertainty and change.
  6. Find ways to help create significance in an employee's work. More and more employees are motivated by “making a difference” in an organization. By creating such opportunities, each can leave the organization a better place for those behind them.

Additionally, one factor that cannot be underestimated is happiness in the workplace. Add this factor to motivation and you have greater job satisfaction. There is no better feeling in a job or career than to belong, be understood, contribute, grow, build a legacy, and have the opportunity to enjoy the organization’s journey alongside you. Employers, let’s all "be in it” to understand our employees, where they have been, where they are now, and where they want to go; for this, we can all be better personally and grow stronger organizationally.

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