Motivation for Employees
Motivating employees may seem quite easy when working in a typical 9 to 5 office, but what about those who are self-employed and work from home? The factors for motivation for both sets of workers are essentially the same, the only difference is really how the motivator is presented. So how do you motivate people in a positive way?
Present a good work environment - a positive environment goes a long way in getting employees motivated and excited about working. There is a reason so much is written about keeping your desk organized or designing a room in such a way that your energy is kept to a high level. A bright room, positive pictures or messages, areas free of clutter and mess can help keep energies up and stresses down.
Stress Management - stress is quickly becoming a health issue, causing numerous symptoms when life gets to be too much for people. This can be especially hard on home workers - office workers can go home to relieve stress, home workers really can't. The motivation here is to find an outlet where you can de-stress about life, whether it be going for a walk or run, going outside, or even playing video games. Getting rid or calming stress can help to keep focus and motivate you to continue.
Recognition - Both Maslow and Herzberg point out a motivation factor of an employee being recognized for their efforts. While pay raises are of course motivators, sometimes it's little things that can have the biggest impact. A simple "thank you" or "good job" can boost moral, which in turn boosts confidence. For the self-employed, recognition can come from clients who liked their work, or even family members who celebrate the success of a project.
Knowing how to motivate people in positive ways comes from knowing what motivates them and determining how to best use their motivations in order to help them succeed.