What Motivates Your Employees?

By Myron Curry


What is it that drives employee motivation? More specifically, what is it that causes an employee to WANT to do his or her job? After all, the answer to this question is the key to the motivation of employees and employer happiness. And, even more important than knowing what it is that motivates an employee is whether or not this motivation is something that will cause an employee to go through the motions of doing the job or instill actual desire for a job well done in the employee’s mind.

The answers to these questions and more are what should always be on every employer’s mind if they are to create effective, productive workforces. A lack of motivation is a true killer, as anyone certainly knows.


Keep these points in mind and motivation will have a chance to soar:

  • Employee contribution is important
  • Recognition from an employer is a must
  • Always respect of peers and colleagues
  • Keep your employees informed
  • Stay flexible and make sure the employee can avoid as much red tape as possible
  • Constant check-in with higher-ups only leads to micro managing and lack of motivation
  • Make sure an employee has sufficient resources available to do their job
  • Create a fun and stimulating work environment
  • Make sure you communicate

Keeping these methods of compensation in mind is what it takes to understand what it is that drives your employee to want to do a better job. They must WANT to do a better job or the work they do will never be as excellent as it could be. If you are ever in doubt as to what it is that drives your employee, simply ask, either in a group meeting or one-on-one. In fact, asking an employee what it is that motivates him or her is a good idea right from the start. Then, you can always be sure of what to provide.

All in all, make sure that money isn’t the only thing you can offer an employee to increase his or her motivation. If it is, then as soon as the money is better somewhere else, your employee’s motivation will definitely increase working for the other company.

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