How to motivate your employees. Now more than ever it is a priority. 


Work motivation is a factor that must be part of the day-to-day life of employees. When carrying out a job, it represents a qualitative change, but also a way of maintaining a pleasant and proactive atmosphere.

There is plenty of research on motivation to back up this claim:

Work motivation directly influences the performance and consequently the productivity of workers. 

It is logical but there are still companies that need to reinforce this statement. In other words, when a worker feels that his organization cares about his well-being, he improves his commitment to it and becomes more involved in the projects. This, in turn, encourages him to want to reach his goals and comply with a strategy in which he feels he is an active part.

The happiness of your workers is the essential strategic aspect for your company, so measures such as flexible remuneration, study grants (to continue growing), work-life balance, telecommuting, among others, in addition to helping you keep talent in your company, these are good measures that influence the well-being of workers and therefore generate a good company culture.

The more satisfied and productive employees you have in your company, the more they will feel committed to it. Motivation in companies does not always have the desired level, but you can always improve and take action to achieve it.

To increase the productivity of your company you have to know that your employees are the most precious asset, they are the ones who, with their dedication, effort and talent, achieve the success of the company. In this sense, it is the managers and directors of human resources who must create a solid culture in the company that helps employees to be themselves at work.

Here are some ideas on how to lead and influence the individual attitude of your group:

Lead by example, maintain a responsible and ethical attitude on a day-to-day basis, accept mistakes and try to correct them, actively listen, have a lot of feedback and, above all, build trust, be generous.

  • Promotes a culture of results by holding meetings and daily communication to meet the objectives. The company culture is the set of ways of acting, feeling and thinking that are shared among the members of the organization and are what identify the company before customers, suppliers and everyone who knows of its existence. Their norms, their values, their habits.
  • Strategic thinking, program workshops, meetings, etc. Strategic thinking serves to achieve an end, analyzes the means with which you have to reach it, and how you have them to facilitate its achievement, that is, in the best possible way, with the least cost in time, personnel and material, and maximum benefit.

The development of people in organizations is part of the corporate culture; it is a continuous and systematic process that allows identifying, maintaining and promoting individual performance and the learning potential of staff members at all levels. It makes it possible to work in different positions within the organization, and encourages flexibility.

Types of work motivation

On the other hand, there are various types of work motivation; They are mainly divided into intrinsic motivation and extrinsic work motivation. Although depending on the origin, character of perceived level and level of need, motivation can be of different types, let's see some:

Origin of motivation

Intrinsic motivation: it is the motivation that is generated from internal factors of the person, such as the employee's own personal satisfaction. In this type of motivation the company cannot influence. Intrinsic motivation is one that arises thanks to the satisfaction that a task brings in its execution. It is a self-motivation that comes with the person, that is self-stimulating and that does not require a third source (for example, that the boss recognizes him), hence the importance of recognition.

It includes an objective part, related to the person's abilities. That is, if you are good at certain tasks, you will feel more accomplished because you will get good results. Whereas, if he's not good at it, his motivation will drop. In short: it is a type of work motivation directly related to the level of personal satisfaction. The more positive, proactive and self-motivating your employee has, the better.

Extrinsic motivation: it is that labor motivation that is induced by external elements to the subject, such as a salary increase or public recognition. It is in this type of motivation where the company must act, encouraging employee motivation with different techniques that we will discuss later. Extrinsic work motivation is the one that comes from outside, that is, the one that comes from the outside, from a third source. This talks about the process, the resources, the external recognition and the improvements and impact achieved with this task that we have carried out.

It is usually associated with objectives and prizes, but it is destined to disappear over time, especially if we compare it with the previous one. Maintain communication and get to know the people you work with and the functions they perform, that will be the best way to generate an environment of trust and communication.

Character of the perceived stimulus

Positive motivation: when the motivating factor is configured as a prize or reward. Like a promotion after getting good results from a project.

Negative motivation: if the motivating factor for the individual's behavior is associated with a threat or punishment. Not reaching the objectives, lack of communication between departments and/or lack of information about new projects within the company.

level of need

Primary motivation: when the person acts to satisfy her basic needs, such as obtaining compensation.

Social motivation: if the employee's behavior is caused by wanting to be accepted by a certain social group or maintain a status or position in the company.

Factors that influence work motivation

There are many factors that can influence the motivation of the company's workers, but the most visible are the following:

* The job: this motivating factor depends on the job offered to the employee, if he is comfortable in it and if he can aspire to grow.

* Autonomy at work: give responsibilities and allow the participation and contribution of ideas so that the company can improve with the vision of the employees. In this way, the employee will feel essential and important in their work within the company.

* Work environment: it is necessary to create a pleasant work environment with good relations between the different members of the company. It's the right way to increase employee satisfaction and comfort in their jobs. It is also necessary for workers to feel identified with the company's values. Create company culture. Let your employees know each other and create an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie.

* Working conditions: nothing motivates more than a good salary, if they have bonuses for objectives, flexible hours, work and personal reconciliation and all the other conditions that are included in the employment contract, the working conditions will motivate your employees.

* Onboarding: it is to improve labor relations, especially for new team members, organizations implement it so that the new member of the company integrates perfectly and immediately into their job. With this type of process, the employee feels included, part of the company from minute 0. It is important to introduce the culture and procedures of the company from minute 0.

Getting together is a start, staying together is progress, and working together is success.

Henry Ford - 1863-1947 - Industrialist-Founder of Ford Motor Company

From BlueMg we want to help you get motivated employees to achieve all your successes. If you need more information about this topic, do not hesitate to take a look at our website or request an appointment with one of our consultants.

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