Learn How to Inspire Motivation in the Workplace

Want to know more about motivation at work? Motivation is that wonderful energy, drive, and excitement that employees expend when they are inspired to contribute. Motivation is tapped with goals, clear expectations, recognition, feedback, and encouraging management. Motivation flourishes in a positive employee and customer focused work culture. Use these ideas to foster motivation in your workplace.

7 Ways to Foster Employee Motivation - Today

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Ways to promote motivation in your workplace. David Lees / Getty Images

Your work environment has a serious impact on motivation. All aspects of your organization culture influence and define the motivation at work in your company.

No matter what climate and work culture your organization provide to support motivation, you can, within the perimeters of your areas of responsibility, and even beyond, if you choose to extend your reach, create an environment that fosters and calls forth motivation. Here are 7 key ways to promote motivation in your workplace. More

What People Want From Work: Motivation

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For many employees, work is about the money. Joos Mind / Getty Images

Motivation is different for each of your employees. Every employee has a different motivation for why he or she works. The reasons for working are as individual as the person. But, we all work because we obtain something that we need from work. The something that we need that we obtain from work has an impact on our morale and motivation.

Work motivation affects the quality of our lives. I've brought you the most recent thinking about motivation, what people want from work. For many employees, work is about the money. With money in hand, employees look for motivation elsewhere. More

Provide Motivational Employee Recognition

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Employee recognition can increase motivation or leave the recipient feeling demoralized. Michael Blann / Getty Images

Employee recognition can increase motivation or leave the recipient feeling strangely demoralized and sad. Recognition is motivational for coworkers or it leaves them perplexed and unhappy.

Employee recognition, when it is offered and implemented effectively, is one of the keys to successful employee motivation. Employee recognition follows trust as a factor in employee satisfaction with their supervisor and their workplace. Find out how to provide recognition that is motivational for employees. More

Goals and Motivation

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Employees Are Motivated by Achieving Goals. Thomas Barwick / Getty Images

How can you help a coworker or reporting staff member find motivation at work? You can create a work environment that provides the greatest possibility for employees to choose motivation.

A motivating work environment provides clear direction so that employees know what is expected of them. Hand-in-hand with clear direction, for motivation, employees have goals that fit within the company's strategic framework. Employees know what to do and where they fit. More

Use Training and Development for Motivation

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Ongoing Training and Development Are Positive for Motivation. Brand New Images / Getty Images

Want to keep your staff motivated about learning and work? The quality and the variety of the training options that you supply for employees are key for motivation.

You can provide training including new employee onboarding, management development, new concepts for a work group, team building, and how to operate a new computer system. They all add to the work environment that supports motivation. More

Set Them Free: Two Musts For Motivation

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Employees Who Find Motivation Factors at Work Are Happy. Portra Images / Getty Images

Every employee is motivated. The challenge in the work environment is to create a culture in which people are motivated by their work. Too often, organizations fail to pay attention to the issues that are most important to employees: relationships, communication, recognition, and involvement.

The first step in creating an environment that employees find motivating is to stop taking actions that are guaranteed to destroy motivation. Motivation is a balancing act. Employers walk a fine line between meeting the needs of the organization and its customers and meeting the needs of its employees. Organizations that do both well - thrive. More

Foster Success for People: Two More Musts for Motivation

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Create a Work Environment That Fosters Motivation. Martin Barraud / Getty Images

Tired of hearing that people are your most important resource? That's fair. These buzz words have been overused and abused. Employees have heard them so often, in work situations in which actions denigrate their meaning, that they have grown cynical.

To battle the cynicism, I propose: People are your only resource. If you get this truth, you will create a work environment that fosters motivation and high self-esteem. Your employees will seek growth and development. To reinforce this, you will recognize them for their contributions. Love them and help them grow or lose them to an employer who will. More

Promote Your Personal Growth and Motivation

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You have the starring role in promoting your personal growth and motivation. Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury / Getty Images

No matter how positive your workplace culture and environment are, you have the starring role in promoting your personal growth and motivation. You can promote your own personal growth, motivation and career development to overcome boredom, inertia, and staleness.

Here are ideas and tools that will help you explore personal growth, set new goals, choose motivation and get your life and work back on a course that excites, motivates and fills your life with joy. More

Celebrate Holidays and Create Traditions for Motivation and Team Building

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Celebrate Holidays at Work for Motivation. Ulrik Tofte / Getty Images

Traditions are as important in organizations as they are in families. Nothing is more important for employee motivation than the annual traditions workplaces create for seasonal holidays.

A holiday celebration builds positive morale which results in increased motivation. High morale and motivation contribute to team building and productivity. Here are holiday and tradition celebration ideas to build positive morale and motivation in your workplace. More

Tap Into Employee Discretionary Energy

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Tap into employee discretionary energy. Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury / Getty Images

Employees choose how much discretionary energy to exert for their employers in the workplace. Discretionary energy is the extra drive that an employee exerts in service to coworkers and customers at work.

It is a symptom of motivation; only motivated employees contribute their discretionary energy at work. The work environment that encourages employee discretionary energy contribution and motivation emphasize these factors. More

What Contributes to or Destroys Motivation at Work?

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Every person is motivated. Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury / Getty Images

Every person is motivated. Whether motivation comes from people and activities you love such as your spouse, children, hobbies, cooking, philanthropy, or work, you experience motivation. Employee motivation at work is situational. Motivation depends on the needs and wants that are intrinsic to the employee and the employee’s expectations and needs from work.

The interaction of the employee's needs and wants with their company's values, employment practices, expectations of the employee, quality of leadership and supervision, and more, influences and creates motivation in your workplace - or not. Readers have shared what contributes to or destroys their motivation at work.

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