Motivating employees is not an easy task. Getting people to do what you need them to do can be challenging. Having your subordinates commit to a task is hard especially if they aren't motivated genuinely to believe in your company's goals.
People respond to different motivations based on their own personal core values. An effective strategy to motivate one employee may not be as effective for another one. While some managers rely on the most common motivating strategies such as 'personnel awards scheme' so as to increase employee productivity. It is important to note that these are short-term solutions to increase employee productivity.
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The reward and punishment approach is only effective in fostering obedience among employees. Rewarding them if they perform well or threatening to punish them if they fail to keep up with the company's standards are manipulative approaches that may affect professional relationships.
But there are leaders who know how to bring out the best in every employee in a more effective way. Below are some of the best practices that every manager can implement to motivate employees and increase work productivity.
Allow employees to reflect on their career dreams, the future they want professionally within the company, their individual core values, and personal hopes. Allowing them to reflect on their career is aimed towards helping them realize the importance of pursuing productivity while at the same time understanding their selves better.
Promote positivity within the workplace.
Use the power of positive communication to inspire them to do better at work. Positive communication promotes respect and responsibility and develops better professional relationships which are more effective than the usual reward and punishment approach.