Why is Motivation Important in the Workplace? 

Motivation is important in the workplace because it improves employee efficiency, leads to goal achievement, builds strong relationships, and creates a stable workforce.

The benefits of motivation in the workplace:

Improves employee efficiency

Your employees can have the best qualifications and abilities, but their efficiency in your organisation will not necessarily depend on this. For the best performance, the employee must have a good balance between ability and willingness. Only this will achieve productivity and overall efficiency. If your employee has no willingness in their role they can almost become a hindrance. Motivation is essential to bring balance. 

Goal achievement

So, the perfect environment for employee efficiency involves ability and willingness to work towards organisational goals. These goals can only be achieved when: 

  • Resources are used correctly
  • Employees co-operative with one another
  • They are goal-directed

Once again, this requires motivation. Within a good workplace culture, employees will strive to work hard for the good of their organisation. They will see both personal and wider benefits and will have a sense of pride at goal achievement.

Builds strong relationships

Communication and co-operation with others is often a key factor for success. Having the ability to work well with others and create positive, supportive relationships will benefit everyone. But, this isn’t easy to achieve, personality clashes and different ways of working are very common in the workplace. Motivation is an essential part of providing incentives for employees to make the effort to work together. This could initiate the following things:

  • Monetary and non-monetary incentives
  • Clear promotion opportunities for employees
  • Regular communication, direction and feedback

So, it is the manager or leaders responsibility to create a culture of co-operation from the top down. By promoting a clearly defined, cordial, friendly atmosphere you will create:

A stable working environment

A happy, supportive workforce

A flexible and adaptable workforce

Ultimately, this will contribute to productivity and profit maximisation.

Creates a stable work force

Stability in your organisation will impact on your reputation and workplace culture. If you are frequently losing employees, you will lack consistency and it will raise negative questions about your business. Employees usually remain loyal to an organisation when they feel valued, acknowledged and supported. Of course, skills and abilities tailored to specific businesses build up over time and are a great advantage to Bothe employee and employer. So, it is in everyone’s interest to provide the best working environment.

Motivational Strategies 

There are simple ways to motivate your team and get the best from them:

  • Get to know your team. Spend time observing your them. Speak to them and listen. Watch how they interact with one another and pay attention to how they respond to you. Arrange for private conversations and make employees feel heard and respected.
  • Be a role model, if you do not behave in a reliable and trustworthy way, neither will they. Challenge and address problems. If someone in the team is causing a problem, respond quickly and appropriately. Conflict is often natural within a healthy group dynamic and can sometimes be useful but only if it is constructive. Encourage open discussion and guide the team towards a resolution.
  • Create a strong focus. By defining roles and clearly outlining responsibilities the team will be more motivated and will work together more effectively.
  • Keep channels of communication are open. There should be ample opportunity for the team to talk to one another and share ideas. Make sure everyone is updated on news or changes and involved in decision making. Positive group dynamics occur when all members feel included and valued. 
  • Celebrate achievements. If you have completed a project or had a success bring the whole team together to share in the celebration. Highlight the achievement elsewhere in the organisation so it is also promoted widely. Mark the occasion clearly and ensure that everyone feels included and connected to the success.


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