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What Motivates Your Team?

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What motivates your valuable team members? It is important to find out what drives them to be the best they can be and work to their fullest potential. Different things motivate different people. If you find that your team is stuck in a plateau of motivation and productivity, it is important to inspire them so that you on the same page as to what your organization needs to become bigger and better.

The only way to be able to decipher what motivates who is to ask your team members what you can do in order to stimulate them and move your company into the future. It is the first proper step to take instead of investing time and capital into a potential solution that may or may not work.

You decided that you are going to physically ask your employees what motivates them, but there are countless ways you can do so. It is imperative to ask this crucial question of them in a way that will get the message of needed motivation across in an accurate way. It must also be executed without possibly offending the employee or making him/her feel uncomfortable.

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1. Send a Survey– Google Forms and other similar survey applications are extremely efficient and user-friendly ways to have team participation. Employees can simply choose from options or suggest their own in regards to voting on what can motivate them and/or the whole team. It is essential to be specific in asking what exactly animates them to move towards a goal in your company. The only downside there can be is that this method can be less personal than any other face to face method.

2. Schedule a Group Meeting– This way, a team can meet in an official work setting and are aware that productivity will be the goal of the meeting. Brainstorming and ideas can be discussed and a potential motivator can be determined. The subject of motivation can even be proposed during a routine work meeting. Team members are also more likely to feel more comfortable speaking about this subject when collaborating with fellow employees.

3. Schedule 1 to 1 Meetings– Having a casual meeting in which you completely describe the feedback you are trying to receive from the team can be extremely effective. You can establish an open line of connection by doing this that will strengthen relationships with your employees in the future. The only downside to this method may be that the employee met feel intimidated and as if you are expecting a certain answer from them.