With that in mind, I have created a few easy questions that can make the task of motivating employees more standardized and manageable. Try asking your team these questions once a month -- and create a regular dialogue that keeps the topic of motivation front and center.
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1. What has been the most exciting work experience for you this month and why?
2. Do you consider your current role your ideal job? What more could you be doing that would benefit the business -- and make the experience more enjoyable for you in the process?
3. Do you feel that you get purpose from our mission and vision? If not, tell me what gives you purpose -- and how you can leverage that mission for our business.
Use these questions as a catalyst for conversation. Let your employees know that its OK to not feel motivated; you can’t improve motivation without talking about it. Let them know that you are there to engage in the conversation and support them in doing their best work. Encourage them to come to you each month with ideas on how to increase their interest and motivation. To stay away from the touchy-feely, ask for specificity. Request that they bring projects, ideas, and a personal mission statement that aligns with the company’s.
If an employee is consistently unmotivated and dispassionate, it will soon be apparent to both of you that there isn’t a fit. However, more often than not, the conversation will catalyze employees to motivate themselves with the company goals in mind -- which, at the end of the day, is your goal too.
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