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How motivation affects employees

There is a very strong link between work and motivation for work. Work quality and performance are directly determined by whether the employees are happy with their work. How does poor motivation affect the employee, how to improve this, and what to pay attention to?

The ‘Victory of Motivation’ report produced by Harvard Business Review Poland is a presentation of the results of an interesting study that was intended to check if managers are aware of the importance of the progress an employee makes in his work for the process of motivating this employee.

A group of 669 managers were interviewed, with only 5% saying that recognising the progress made by the employee is important. The vast majority (95%) of the respondents considered supporting employees in making progress at work to be of minor importance. Another study, carried out as part of the same project, covered 26 project teams (238 persons). The purpose of the study was to select, from the materials collected, the descriptions of the feelings and events at work that boosted creativity and efficiency. The employees entered their comments into logbooks. In total, over 12,000 entries were collected.

The study lasted for 10 years and was intended to show the ‘real face’ of motivation. The results are clear: progress at work is the everyday source of motivation. Noticeable progress or stagnation condition the so-called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ days. And it’s easy to guess that an employee’s attitude determines his long-term efficiency and his attachment to the place of work.

This is why it’s important to pay attention to the following things:

  • Recognising progress at work,
  • Presenting the purpose of a given work in a clear way,
  • Using motivation-supporting systems,
  • Respecting the ideas of employees,
  • Informing employees of changes to priorities.

You are not always able to control the progress at work your employees make, which means you can’t reward them properly. This is why it’s a good idea to think about systematizing the mechanisms that promote progress. This will provide you with hard data and the employee with a guarantee that good work will be rewarded in a specific way, regardless of whether it’s going to be a cash, non-cash, or discretionary bonus. The Motiveo website is an interesting example of automating the motivation model. It allows for creating a comprehensive loyalty programme for a particular person or a group of persons. The platform is intended for entrepreneurs that wish to support their sales operations.

The article was written on the basis of the ‘Victory of Motivation’ special report by Harvard Business Review Poland.