Every business owner dreams of having self-motivated employees – a team of people who get the job done. Sadly, life isn’t that simple, with most employers relying on a few key staff members to set the example. Employers and recruiters should always be looking for candidates who demonstrate the need for little supervision and direction; people who can get the job done professionally, proficiently and on time.
When it comes to finding and nurturing those who are motivated, the most common oversights are often the most obvious. Here are some ideas to help instil and foster a culture of motivation.
Make your recruitment process more scientific. By doing so, you will be able to find out whether or not your candidates are veritable go-getter’s. Recruitment agencies will certainly find the best of the bunch, but it’s the interview process that really uncovers true talent. Asking pertinent questions will reveal a candidate’s motivation, helping you to see whether their core values are in line with the job role. Many things can motivate employees – money, status, basic needs, fulfillment – but only a small number of workers will have a burning desire to be the best. True self-motivators will not need to be reminded or nudged to perform well – it’s within their nature to do so – but working environments should aim to bring out the best in all employees.
Always give the bigger picture. Explaining your company’s aims and objectives will help employees understand how they fit in. By reminding employees of their worth to the company, you justify the effort they make. Emphasis that their role has an effect on other employees and departments, contributing to the overall performance of the company. By understanding the significance of their job roles, employees won’t want to let others down, creating synergy between departments and driving the company towards its goals.
Empower your people. By empowering employees, you give them identities. Assigning employees with specific tasks and responsibilities will further define their positions within the company. Specific responsibilities will make any job role more important and give employees a sense of purpose and value within the company, which will drive motivation and foster a collaborative working environment. Call upon employees to oversee meetings, give opinions, or to help plan events.
Make your job roles enviable. Giving employees something to boast about will ensure their enthusiasm for the job. In social situations, work is one of the most discussed topics. People enjoy talking about the merits of their jobs and how they have succeeded or contributed positively to the company. By adding value, you gain value. If there is an opportunity to go overseas or attend an event, send employees who will benefit professionally from the experience. These little incentives help keep employees happy, appreciated and motivated; they will be far prouder of themselves and the company they work for, which will secure long-term happiness and commitment.
Nurture motivation through fun. This is essential for all companies and can be achieved through social activities, team outings, or even industry events. Give employees the responsibility of planning these events, which should take place at least once a month. Aside from encouraging team bonding, it’s a chance for different departments to socialise and understand each other. These events needn’t put a dent in your budget either. Be imaginative. Perhaps use the office as a venue for drinks, snacks and a quiz.
Whether you’re looking at sales recruitment or call centre recruitment, every industry has its star players. Recruitment agencies can source the best candidates from the talent pool, but only you can discover who is best for your company. But remember: employing those who are self-motivated is pointless if you do nothing to foster it.