Motivation for your teams
The researchers Deci & Ryan found that “human beings can be proactive or engaged, or alternatively passive and alienated, largely depending on their social conditions. People are of course motivated by external factors such as reward systems, evaluations, or the opinions they fear others might have of them. Yet just as frequently, people are motivated from within, by interests, curiosity, care or abiding values”. These are basic human needs which underpin many of our choices. These intrinsic motivations can ignite passions, creativity, and more sustained efforts.
There are a number of very compelling recommendations from this research which can help to create a workplace which is positive, productive, innovative, and critically that will create the best climate for employees’ wellbeing.
- Create a sense of shared purpose – try to create a shared vision, communicate this, and make sure to develop it in collaboration with your teams.
- Create a sense of autonomy – make sure you show trust in people to deliver what is asked of them. Make sure roles are clear and agreed by all involved.
- Enhance feelings of competence – understand the strengths of each person and give plenty of opportunities to use them to the full. Provide opportunities for people to learn and improve.
Once some of these vital human basics are in place, it is a great opportunity for employers to shift from a resilience focus (let’s try to survive this), to a high performance focus, where the question becomes: “let’s see how good we can be in these conditions, how we can draw upon our strengths and be better than our competitors”.