How to Improve Staff Motivation
You can’t be a leader without followers so you have to understand how to motivate people to buy into your agenda. Motivation is what makes employees act in certain ways so how can you achieve this? Understanding people’s motives and staff motivation – their reasons for doing something is the key to becoming a good leader.
One of the main theories relating to motivation is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. People have needs. A need is a lack of something- something we want. This produces the drive and desire which motivates us to satisfy that need. Satisfying this need, or getting the thing we want or lack is the goal.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s theory of motivation is called the “hierarchy of needs”. Maslow believes that people have five main needs in the following order of importance:-
Physiological Needs –
i) the need to eat
ii) the need to drink
iii) the need to work
iv) the need to sleep
v) the need to reproduce
Safety Needs –
i) the need for shelter
ii) the need to fell secure
Belonging Needs –
i) the need to feel part of a group
ii) the need for acceptance
Self-Esteem Needs –
i) the need to feel good about themselves
ii) the need to be recognised for their achievement
Self-Realisation Needs –
i) the need for personal fulfilment
ii) the need to grow and develop
Maslow believes that people would not move on down this list to be motivated by the next set of needs until the previous set(s) had been satisfied.
Suggested Course Content
Our programme looks at how to motivate your staff with different needs. We focus on gaining an understanding of what factors demotivate staff and how to recognise the early symptoms.
Benefits for Delegates
Here are some of the benefits from learning how to empower your team and increase motivation for improved performance:-
- Learning how to share the big picture
- Understanding the importance of showing you value people
- Share goals and direction
- Understand the importance of expanding the decisions members of your team make
- Learn how to let go and trust the ability of your people
To learn more about staff motivation and how we could work with you and your team, get in touch today.
The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink
An interesting TED Talks video from Dan Pink with an interesting take on motivation.