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People do not like to take orders. They like to feel their job goes beyond merely carrying out instructions given by the boss. Best results come from a team whose members are committed. Team members are motivated to achieve team objectives and perform to the best of their abilities.

To enable you as managers to motivate your teams, here is a list of some of the more common Motivation Factors with Suggested Actions :

  • Achievement: Hitting your targets is very motivating to team members. Agree on targets that are challenging yet achieveable .
  • Autonomy: A sense of being in-charge of and being responsible for your own work can be very motivating. Encourage team members to have ownership for what they do. Your job is to say what should be done. Allow them to plan how they will achieve the task objectives.
  • Competence: Being good at your job. Having the knowledge and skills to do it well is itself a motivating factor. Train your team members to acquire the required knowledge and skills.
  • Expertise: People like to have a sense of importance for what they know. Their expertise in their field. Encourage development of special knowledge which will not only help team members as individuals but your team as a whole.
  • Membership: Simply stated, do your team members feel they are “In”‘or “Out”? Develop a sense of belongingness. Make them feel they are a vital part of your team.
  • Peer respect: Since individuals don’t work in isolation, the respect of their peers means a lot to them. Make opportunities for team members to get peer respect through their competence. Publicize their contributions and ideas saying how they have helped the team.
  • Recognition: A powerful driver of motivation is being recognized for their contributions. Not only tell team members how well they are doing but celebrate their success publicly.
  • Self-confidence: My old Housemaster at school used to tell us ” Look like a million dollars and you will feel like a million dollars”. Self-confidence gives you the drive and energy to get things done. To achieve. Nurture the self-confidence of your team members. Allotting tasks that can be done well is a first step in building self-confidence.
  • Self-Fulfillment: Every person likes to feel that he/she has contributed to the best of their capabilities. Enable team members to take on higher challenges, initially with your guidance and later more independently.
  • Self-respect: All of us have an ego. Some are more touchy than others. Help team members build self-respect which makes them take feedback positively without feeling insecure or threatened.

Managing people is not rocket science. Effective managers understand Motivating Factors in their team members and use these factors to draw out superior performance.

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