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Guide to The Business Benefits of Motivation in The Workplace

What is Motivation?

Scientists define motivation as the general willingness to do something. It is the set of psychological forces that give you that ‘get up and go’ feeling and compel you to take action.

Motivation is so important in life as motivation makes things happen!

Where there’s no will, there’s no way, and so one of the best ways to improve your personal effectiveness is to master your motivation and find your drive.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Motivation.

You’d be hard pushed to think of many disadvantages to being motivated, whereas the advantages are clear to see;

If you take the workplace as an example, employees who are motivated are more likely to work harder and have less sickness days than those who are unmotivated.

Businesses can motivate their employees through financial and non-financial methods, and some other advantages they could see in return include;

  • lower levels of staff turnover. This is very important for businesses, as employees that stay in a business have experience and keep recruitment costs low. Less training is also required.
  • Improved relations between management and workers. This could mean that employees are more likely accept changes without dispute, and will be less likely to take either legal or industrial action against managers.
  • Improved performance. Motivated employees will generally arrive on time and focus quickly on their daily duties. Productivity levels could increase, and the overall output of a business may be higher.
  • Improved quality and improved customer service. Motivated employees are more likely to work to a higher standard and put more effort into creating higher quality products. Those in service industries are also more likely to provide a higher level of customer service and be more enthusiastic about their role.

Motivation in Psychology

Motivation psychologists usually attempt to show how motivation varies within a person at different times or among different people at the same time. The purpose of the psychology of motivation is to explain how and why that happens.
There are also a large number of cognitive theories that relate to motivation and explain how our way of thinking and perceiving ourselves and the world around us can influence our motives. These theories try to explain in a scientific way how motivation can be easier for some more than other, but if you break it down into more simpler terms, the benefits you can gain from being motivated should be enough to give you the incentive to at least start to look at ways of improving your life.

The Benefits of Motivation

People who are successful in life generally have the motivation that it takes to reach their goals. Let’s look at the benefits of motivation in sport for example – getting up to go for a run at 5am isn’t something that would appeal to everyone, but those athletes that have the motivation to do such a thing are usually the ones who excel in their field. It’s the same with studying – the benefits of motivation for students is attaining higher grades and more qualifications and skills.

8 tips to get your mind focussed to help with your motivation;

  1. Document Your Process – Don’t be afraid to feel proud of the things you achieve, as these plusses can help you on your ‘off’ days.
  2. Post a picture of your goal somewhere visible – If you want to lose weight for example, sticking a picture of a beach onto the outside of your fridge will be constant reminder to ease up on the snacks in order to achieve that beach body.
  3. Make it a pleasure – One reason we might put off something that will help us achieve our goal, is because it seems like hard work. Whereas If your goal activity becomes a treat, you actually look forward to it. And that has to be a good thing.
  4. Give it time, be patient – I know, this is easier said than done, but the problem with many of us is that we expect quick results. When you think about your goals, think long term. If you want to lose weight, you may see some quick initial losses, but it will take a long time to lose the rest. If you don’t see the results you want soon, don’t give up … give it time
  5. Get a motivational coach or take a class – These will motivate you to at least show up, and to take action. This might be one of the more expensive ways of motivating yourself, but it works. And if you do some research, you might find some cheap classes in your area, or you might know a friend who will provide coaching or counselling for free.
  6. Make it a rule never to skip two days in a row – We are not perfect. So, you missed one day … now the second day is upon you and you are feeling lazy … tell yourself NO! You will not miss two days in a row! You’ll thank yourself later.
  7. Keep a daily journal of your goal – If you are consistent about keeping a journal, it can be a great motivator. A journal should have not only what you did for the day, but your thoughts about how it went, how you felt, what mistakes you made, what you could do to improve. To be consistent about keeping a journal, do it right after you do your goal task each day. Make keeping a journal a sensory pleasure.
  8. Always think positive – Monitor your thoughts. Be aware of your self-talk. We all talk to ourselves, a lot, but we are not always aware of these thoughts. Start listening. If you hear negative thoughts, stop them, push them out, and replace them with positive thoughts. Positive thinking can be amazingly powerful.

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