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Tips for Increasing Employee Motivation

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Tips for Increasing Employee Motivation

All employees, sometimes even the most hard working ones, need motivation from time to time. Employees who lack that motivation are often the ones that don’t receive deserved recognition, don’t have an open line of communication with a boss or manager and/or aren’t given the opportunity to refresh their mind or engage in other activities. This plays a significant role in employee motivation, which further impacts the company overall. In order to better both employee motivation and productivity, take these tips into consideration and incorporate them into your own place of work.

Employee Recognition

Whether big or small efforts, employee recognition is important. Some employers choose to recognize their employees with kind words, while other employers acknowledge their employees with corporate gifts and awards. It’s not to say one choice is better than the other, part of it depends on budget and part of it depends on what the employer wants to give the recipient, but some form of recognition is the key for showing your employees that they’re valued.

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Express Trust

Employees not only need to feel appreciated, they need to feel trusted. To increase employee motivation, employers should convey this to their employees. This could be accomplished by assigning leadership roles and allowing employees to take on larger responsibilities. Employers can also include their employees in on brainstorming sessions and important meetings. This proves to employees that their opinions matter.

Team Building Activities

Team building activities can be held during work or outside of work. Some companies set aside time to play engaging and creative team building games together, and some companies schedule events for outside of work. Both have benefits. Engaging and creative games can get employees thinking and working together like they never have before. Scheduling events outside of work allows coworkers to learn about one another on a new level. So whether it’s decided to do one or both, spending time together helps employees to feel more comfortable around each other and more encouraged to work together. Take Archways & Ceilings for example, they have a whole page dedicated to a project they did together for fun!

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Acknowledge Individuals, Not Just Teams

Acknowledging a whole team for their performance is recommended, but so is individual acknowledgment. Every individual is unique and brings something different to the table, so the occasional personal spotlight is important. This has a larger impact on motivation and shows each employee that their work is noticed. It’s also important to be fair. If one employee receives recognition for a specific task or project, then any other employee should also receive recognition for performing similarly.

Attend Industry Events

Industry related events are beneficial for a couple of reasons. One reason is experience. Events allow for experiences that being in the office cannot always provide. New experiences lead to new knowledge and new knowledge leads to new confidence. After attending events, employees may be motivated to bring what they have learned into the workplace. Another reason is networking. With industry related events comes other professionals from the industry. Speaking with other professionals and hearing different perspectives can inspire employees. Sometimes all one needs is a new spark of inspiration. Take Huemor Designs for example, their event experience opened their eyes to some new industry improvements.

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Have an Interest in Employees’ Careers

Providing employees with occasional mentoring, suggestions and guidance shows them that there’s an interest in where their careers are headed. Conversations about the future and what they can do to keep improving can be motivational, as well as encourage them to continue working their hardest.

Increasing employee motivation isn’t so difficult, and it could even be fun! Take these tips into consideration if your employees need a motivation boost.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2021

20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

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20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

“Please describe yourself in a few words”.

It’s the job interview of your life and you need to come up with something fast. Mental pictures of words are mixing in your head and your tongue tastes like alphabet soup. You mutter words like “deterministic” or “innovativity” and you realize you’re drenched in sweat. You wish you had thought about this. You wish you had read this post before.

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    Here are 20 sentences that you could use when you are asked to describe yourself. Choose the ones that describe you the best.

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    “I am someone who…”:

    1. “can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and I transform unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievements.”
    2. “consistently innovates to create value. I find opportunities where other people see none: I turn ideas into projects, and projects into serial success.”
    3. “has a very creative mind. I always have a unique perspective when approaching an issue due to my broad range of interests and hobbies. Creativity is the source of differentiation and therefore, at the root of competitive advantage.”
    4. “always has an eye on my target. I endeavour to deliver high-quality work on time, every time. Hiring me is the only real guarantee for results.”
    5. “knows this job inside and out. With many years of relevant experience, there is no question whether I will be efficient on the job. I can bring the best practices to the company.”
    6. “has a high level of motivation to work here. I have studied the entire company history and observed its business strategies. Since I am also a long-time customer, I took the opportunity to write this report with some suggestions for how to improve your services.”
    7. “has a pragmatic approach to things. I don’t waste time talking about theory or the latest buzz words of the bullshit bingo. Only one question matters to me: ‘Does it work or not?'”
    8. “takes work ethics very seriously. I do what I am paid for, and I do it well.”
    9. “can make decisions rapidly if needed. Everybody can make good decisions with sufficient time and information. The reality of our domain is different. Even with time pressure and high stakes, we need to move forward by taking charge and being decisive. I can do that.”
    10. “is considered to be ‘fun.’ I believe that we are way more productive when we are working with people with which we enjoy spending time. When the situation gets tough with a customer, a touch of humour can save the day.”
    11. “works as a real team-player. I bring the best out of the people I work with and I always do what I think is best for the company.”
    12. “is completely autonomous. I won’t need to be micromanaged. I won’t need to be trained. I understand high-level targets and I know how to achieve them.”
    13. “leads people. I can unite people around a vision and motivate a team to excellence. I expect no more from the others than what I expect from myself.”
    14. “understands the complexity of advanced project management. It’s not just pushing triangles on a GANTT chart; it’s about getting everyone to sit down together and to agree on the way forward. And that’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.”
    15. “is the absolute expert in the field. Ask anybody in the industry. My name is on their lips because I wrote THE book on the subject.”
    16. “communicates extensively. Good, bad or ugly, I believe that open communication is the most important factor to reach an efficient organization.”
    17. “works enthusiastically. I have enough motivation for myself and my department. I love what I do, and it’s contagious.”
    18. “has an eye for details because details matter the most. How many companies have failed because of just one tiny detail? Hire me and you’ll be sure I’ll find that detail.”
    19. “can see the big picture. Beginners waste time solving minor issues. I understand the purpose of our company, tackle the real subjects and the top management will eventually notice it.”
    20. “is not like anyone you know. I am the candidate you would not expect. You can hire a corporate clone, or you can hire someone who will bring something different to the company. That’s me. “

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