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Four Savvy Motivational Techniques that Really Work

by Guest Author 6 June 2019 08:58

Regardless of whether the reason justifies the behavior, there's always a motive (a thought or goal) compelling us towards its fruition. In today's workplace, there is an abundant need for motivational techniques that are both successful and relative. The constant search for motivational speakers by both large and small corporations is evidence that there's something about the process that works.

Speakers hired to address employees are objective; having no attachments to the company employing them. Many speakers are capable because they've had similar jobs or experiences. Other professional speakers use either humor or heartbreak to capture and hold the audience's attention making them seem more human.

Listening to a professional motivator can remind us why we work where we do and what our original goals were when we first started the job. However, what are the techniques an employer can use when there is no budget to hire a professional speaker? What can a manager for a restaurant or for a shoe store say to their employees to keep the fires burning after months and years on the job? Companies comprise people and people who suffer from 'burn-out' need a gentle reminder of their purpose, passion, and goals from time to time.

Going From Vision to Vitality

From the time people get their first job until the day they retire, there's one thing we all learn in the workplace: everybody's different. Life struggles, family ties, and past mistakes can have a different effect on your employee's attitude and performance keeping them stressed and unmotivated to do their job. Business owners and managers can't change the past but, they can use their knowledge of personality types to better relate to their co-workers.

Identifying Personality Types

A manager should take a moment to determine which profile best describes them personally; there are four types listed below:

Leader Type
If you are the 'leader type,' you are a determined and results-oriented individual with a competitive nature. You are a 'take-charge' kind of person who may or may not be insensitive and controlling.

People Type
The 'people types' are those individuals who gravitate towards helping others. They are often great communicators and very creative. This personality type can be accommodating, putting their needs second to those around them.

Free-Spirit Type
The person with a 'free-spirit' personality typically resists routine including 9-5 hours. They crave excitement in every aspect of life including work, home, and play. These individuals may be rebellious and disorganized. Jobs that attract these folks include:

  • Stockbrokers
  • Actors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Camp directors

Task Type
These individuals are organized and reliable who are there to do a good job. Task-oriented people have a strong work ethic and are committed to their assignments. They're punctual, responsible and go by the book. These folks are known for being hard on themselves and can be workaholics.

Rewards, Incentives, and Good Health

Recognition can be a tremendous reward for a job well-done. Sometimes, simple praise can improve morale.

Planning a picnic where everyone can walk around and get some fresh air is also great for boosting confidence, plus, it doesn't cost the company money if everyone brings an item. Health problems are a significant deterrent when trying to motivate your crew. If you're open to implementing a 'mental-health day' once every one or two months, you may be surprised at the results.

Motivate People - Decrease Stress

Knowledge of personality types is power in the workplace. The information you just read may have given you some insight about your personal strengths and weaknesses. When a company shares information with the group, everyone gains perspective into why a person acts the way they do. Take this opportunity to bring a better understanding of how different personality types affect your work environment. Chances are, your employees will get along better with each other while gaining an understanding of themselves. Companies who talk to their employees about their personality type benefit in the following ways:

  • Maximize results when team interaction is needed
  • Better communication between co-workers and teams
  • Keep your best talent in the areas they're best suited for
  • Decrease staff turnovers
  • Fewer employee conflicts
  • Increase productivity levels
  • Improved morale


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