Motivating employees might be a subject that administrators and managers shy away from, but it is true that employers can increase productivity, quality, and service through positive motivation in the office.
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Employees can get burned out, and there a few things that administrators and supervisors can do to bring out the full talent of staff members once that has happened. Below are some simple approaches for keeping employees motivated:
- Support continuing education to align goals of the practice with the goals of the employees;
- Properly assign projects to employees that show capability and skill;
- Recognize an employee’s well-done job, and praise those who go the extra mile;
- Encourage and sponsor social interactions as well as teamwork among employees; and
- Allow employees to set goals so they feel excited about working towards those goals.
Motivation in the workplace helps employees:
- Gain a positive perspective of the practice;
- Accomplish personal and professional goals;
- Build self-esteem and positive attitudes; and
- Cultivate strong interpersonal relationships.
One tool that many people look to for motivation is money. Although this might serve as a motivational tool, it can destroy teamwork and productivity because employees can begin to concentrate on personal gain and not the goals of the practice overall.
Different things can inspire individuals in different ways. Creating a sense of security and instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment in any workplace can motivate employees to utilize their full talents, making the workplace pleasant.