To get the best out of their staff, all companies use motivational techniques. Managers look at the work environment, staff facilities and compensation in the hope of creating a happy workforce that will perform well. Leadership from the front is always a great motivator and the vast majority of workers agree that a good boss is crucial.
At the end of the day, however, motivation is very personal. What drives one person on will mean nothing to another, so while companies will strive to apply their motivational efforts across the workforce as a whole, individuals still need to find their own driving force within themselves. Here are a few ideas for getting through those tough times when you really don’t feel up to making the effort.
Meet the challenge head on
Sometimes you are faced with a task that you just don’t want to do. It may be something you find difficult or unpleasant, or it may just be lengthy and dull. In these cases it is very easy just to sit and stare, as you are reluctant to get started. This results in the task not getting done and other tasks being out on hold. Your work builds up and so does the stress.
Procrastination only makes the task seem more intimidating. The best answer is to just do it. Give yourself a deadline and get started; if necessary break the task down into segments and complete each segment to according to a schedule that fits the deadline. Starting is the hardest part, but once the ice is broken you will find that you can make surprising headway.
Record your progress
There may be times when you feel that you are stagnating. You wonder where you are going and if the job is worthwhile. You may just want to sit back and take stock. This often happens when you are faced with one of those difficult tasks or if you have had a failure or disappointment.
To get past times like these it is useful to have some form of record of what you have done before. Little is more pleasing than looking back over past successes; they can inspire you to move forward as you recall the problems you had to overcome to get the job done. You might also think on previous mistakes, how you learned from them and how they have made you better at your job.
Friends and colleagues
Very few people work entirely alone. For most of us, friends and colleagues in the workplace are always there to offer help and support. They can help you solve problems; they are there to share in your success; and, they are there to support you if things don’t go as well as you had hoped.
And you can help them too. You will gain enormous satisfaction if you can help them bring a task to a successful conclusion.
It’s an old cliché, but job satisfaction is a great motivator. If you complete a task well, you can look back on it with pride and satisfaction and it makes you more eager to tackle the next one.
Companies may employ a variety of techniques to motivate their staff, but the bottom line is that self-motivation is the biggest driving force. These tips will help you motivate yourself and become a better worker.
Richard Deeley. I am a PR consultant for recruitment agency, Randstad UK with core focus on jobs in leeds and carrying out different research projects in the North of England.
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