The UK’s second official Employee Motivation Day is to be held on the 25th February.
This concept came about in 2015 when Argos for Business launched the idea of Employee Motivation Day, a day created to inspire passion and appreciation across the UK’s workforce.
It’s a day to help celebrate the efforts of the nation’s workforce and encourage everybody to feel more motivated in their jobs. The great news is that motivational strategies need not cost the Earth, or indeed anything at all. Simply feeling valued, or thanked for a job well done resonates with British workers, leaving a positive and affirming effect on employees and the businesses they work for.
According to Forbes, the top 9 things that motivate Employees are –
- Trustworthy Leadership – Leaders that have your back and that are looking out for your best interests will win the trust of their employees, who in turn will be more motivated to achieve.
- Being Relevant – In today’s world where everyone wants to be noticed and recognized for their work – employees are motivated to achieve to remain relevant. As such, employees are in search of new ways to learn, improve their skills and invest in themselves. This is an opportunity for leaders to get involved and understand how to build the depth and breadth of their employee’s skill sets and aptitudes. For example, find ways to elevate your employees’ high-potential status.
- Proving Others Wrong – Employees never want to be stereotyped or marginalized, but for many younger professionals this serves as the trigger to awaken them from within. This certainly is not a generational issue as many of us have been questioned about our ability to achieve at a high-level.
- Career Advancement– Employees are extremely motivated to achieve if this means that advancement awaits them. This requires employees to be mindful of opportunities that lie around, beneath and beyond what they seek. As leaders, you will sustain high levels of motivation from your employees if you can open doors of opportunity and accelerate their chances for advancement. Remember, just because your employees may be relevant, it doesn’t guarantee advancement. So make it a point to help them get there.
- No Regrets – People don’t want to live with any regrets in their career/life and thus are motivated to not disappoint themselves. As a leader, don’t allow your employees to walk around carrying a load of guilt. Share your journey with them – your failures and successes. An employee that doesn’t believe will never achieve. Help your employees embrace the unexpected and help them navigate uncertainty and change. Many people are confused in today’s workplace about their future. Motivate them by giving them the perspectives they need to achieve.
- Stable Future – People are motivated to have safety and security. Everyone wants a stable future, but you never know when time will pass you by. That’s why we are all in a race against time and thus motivated to achieve faster than ever before. We have all learned from the 2008 economic collapse that we can all quickly become victims of unexpected change without preparation.
- Self-Indulgence – This factor is quite interesting and extremely important to put into proper perspective. People are motivated for selfish reasons to achieve – albeit money, attention, fame, etc. Motivation that satisfies our self-indulgence is can also be risky. As a leader, be aware that of your employees motivations are balance and well intentioned. Self-indulgence can bring tremendous short term benefits – with longer term repercussions.
- Impact – Today’s employees are motivated to achieve more than ever simply by the opportunity to create impact. As employees reflect on their lives and careers – they want to contribute in ways that measure their achievements based upon the long-term benefits that the company they serve bears. As a leader, allow your employees to have sustainable impact in the work they perform. Allow them to make a mark toward significance. Create the opportunity for their achievement to leave a long lasting legacy that rewards the organization they serve and for future generations to learn from.
- Happiness – Today’s employees are motivated to achieve more than ever simply by the opportunity to create impact. As employees reflect on their lives and careers – they want to contribute in ways that measure their achievements based upon the long-term benefits that the company they serve bears. As a leader, allow your employees to have sustainable impact in the work they perform. Allow them to make a mark toward significance. Create the opportunity for their achievement to leave a long lasting legacy that rewards the organization they serve and for future generations to learn from.
Now we have some detail as to what motivates Employees, how do we motivate ourselves?
According to Adrian Webster, on behalf of Employee Motivation Day, we should consider the following –
- Set yourself lots of small goals to stay focused and to give you a sense of progress – vital for long term happiness and job satisfaction
- Before starting a day’s work, just “step back” for two minutes. Take a few deep breaths, relax, unclutter your mind and picture your day ahead, and what you’re hoping to achieve. You’ll be far more productive
- Stay focused on the positives. Every organisation has it faults but unless you can change them, don’t waste your time dwelling on them
- Have some fun! Having fun helps people relax, bonds teams together, releases endorphins and is the bedrock of creativity
- Embrace change and don’t be frightened to make mistakes. Try out new things and regularly spend time on the edge of your comfort zone
- If you want to think outside your box, get out of your box! If you’re looking for new ideas, go for a walk. A different environment is likely to stimulate your brain and induce innovative thinking
- Never overlook the importance of the little things, the TNTs – Tiny Noticeable Things. They may be tiny but they create the biggest, longest lasting images
- Believe in yourself and be yourself; you’ll be surprised how many people will want to follow you and you’ll be astounded by what you are capable of achieving – especially when you pull together with those around you
- Don’t be a prisoner of other people’s thinking. If you want to successful, release all the childlike qualities that you had in abundance as a young child, be the most enthusiastic person you know and look at life through uninhibited eyes
- Start every day by drinking a glass of water to re-hydrate your brain and help it perform at its very best.
Now that you know what motivates employees and have some ideas as to how to inspire yourself, why not get in touch and share with us your top tips for motivation and let us know what drives you to do your best!