Motivation is a topic about which much has been written. Personally, I am one of those that believe that it is more effective to make sure you hire motivated people and then allow them to do their jobs than it is to try to motivate people who don’t care or no longer trust the organization. One way we as leaders can help our people is to make sure that we are not de-motivating them! Often, we are the biggest problem with morale in the workplace.
One of the best ways to prevent people from becoming de-motivated is to make sure that you are expressing genuine appreciation for their work and for who they are as a person. While we all like to be appreciated by our co-laborers, it is the appreciation from our supervisors that means the most. We want to know that what we are dong matters.
In their book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Paul White and Gary Chapman discuss five “languages” where you can communicate your appreciation for people. But of course you first must know your people! Check out this earlier post on this aspect of leadership. Once you know your people, you will know how best to show your appreciation. The five languages White & Chapman discuss are:
- Words of Affirmation
- Quality Time
- Acts of Service
- Tangible Gifts
- Physical Touch
They go in depth on how to best apply these as well as dealing with the sensitive subject of appropriate touch in the workplace. Go to their MBA (Managing by Appreciation) site and take the MBA assessment. The book is excellent and well worth adding to your library!
Let you someone know how much you appreciate them today!