Dialing Up Motivation in a Workplace

January 15, 2020 YUJ Designs
 

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Most of today’s workforce is occupied by millennials. Unfortunately, only 29% of this working class, reports feeling aligned and motivated at work. This is an alarming number! Believe it or not, uninspiring workplaces have a bigger role to play in this situation. That makes it a number one priority for the employers to dial up motivation levels in their workplaces.

Positive employee engagement is the result of a high motivation. Engagement from employees is an emotional involvement. No one can make employees engage with the company. However, leaders can provide for an environment at work that increases the likelihood of higher motivation and employee engagement.

The thumb rule for increased employee engagement is happy employees. It’s no surprise that happier workers are more productive workers. These are some of the tried and tested ways, which world leaders swear by, to create nurturing workplaces.

1. Transformation

Cultural transformation through Individual Growth

Use of goal setting methods to motivate employees. Individual goals that are aligned with the company’s culture and aspirations. Measuring the performance and outcomes basis these individual goals helps in the managers with the bigger picture. When leadership adopts a new point of view backed up by an understanding of how their employees achieve goals, great things become possible.

2. Enable Autonomy

Harnessing Intrinsic Motivation

Even in today’s world, freedom to push the envelope is sought after by employees. When given the choice to select one’s growth path and opportunity to be liberal about the plan, productivity and ambition in employees definitely spikes up. One should actively engage team members to identify and learn skills that align with their personal interests and career goals. And of course – company goals. Tailor made strategies for individuals aiming for long-term impact, should be worked out for the benefit of employees and the company in the long run.

3. Learning is a Bigger Carrot

Harnessing Extrinsic motivation

Design talent is not necessarily motivated by change in job titles and seniority. Salary raises and promotions are not the best policies for talent retention in a low motivation environments. A mix of these policies depending on the temperament of the employees is important. Role rotations to expose the best and brightest stars to a broader view of the business and the rich learning that comes with it, works. As employees get better and learn more, the business strengthens.

4. Inspire People

People Build Organizations

A crucial step in company’s development is understanding that employees – are the biggest assets of a company. Their well-being and happiness comes first. When companies connect and communicate with the emotions of their employees, the payoffs are huge. Takeaway: Put people, not roles, at the center of the organization. Which will become the foundation for all planning and design of the company’s ecosystem.

5. Recognition & Appreciation

Anything that is Measured can be Improved

Use of goal setting methods to motivate employees. Individual goals that are aligned with the company’s culture and aspirations. Measuring the performance and outcomes basis these individual goals helps in the managers with the bigger picture. When leadership adopts a new point of view backed up by an understanding of how their employees achieve goals, great things become possible.

“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.” – Pearson’s Law

Enhancing motivation levels across the organization requires deep insights into emotional motivators of employees, analysis of their capabilities, and, above all, a managerial commitment to align with the organization. Emotional motivators that function on pleasure and pain, hope and fear, and social behaviors. It is very important to locate the underlying motivations to trigger desired actions from your employees. Companies that prioritize values, actions and culture have a tendency to outperform. Tapping into the motivation levels of employees helps them perform better even under pressure. YUJ Designs imbibes a similar strategy in the company culture. These strategies are not just useful for UX design studios but also for corporate sector companies.

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YUJ Designs is a top-tier UX design studio in India. YUJ Designs has successfully crafted experiences for more than 100 international clients, many of them Fortune 500 companies.With a rock-solid experience of working on more than 2,000 design and research projects, we have earned a spot in the top 15 global user experience agencies.In the business of informing design strategies by a blended understanding of business ROI and user needs, our work ensures both, delightful product experience and a positive impact on the customer's top line.

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