Employee Motivation

By Mina Khani, OSR Training Coordinator

When we think of staff motivation, many things may come to to mind: more money, a bigger office, a promotion, or a better quality of life.

The truth is, no matter what we offer, true motivation must come from within. Regardless of how it is characterized, it is important to get the right balance in order to ensure that we have a motivated workforce.

As part of the management team in A.S.P., we do our best to motivate our employees, by:

  • Recognizing and rewarding employees who are achieving above and beyond.
  • Offering equal employment opportunities to all employees, based on qualifications and performance.
  • Providing a workplace free from discrimination or harassment.

Self-motivation is the force that drives you to do things. It drives you to work towards your goals, put effort into self-development, and achieve personal fulfillment.

For example, a man who goes to work every day just to pay the bills, keep his family off his back, and please his boss is not self- motivated, while a man who needs no external forces to make his way to work every day and finds fulfillment in what he does is self-motivated.

Some tips and skills for self- motivation:

  • Setting high but realistic goals (e.g., SMART goals). (Specific, Measured, Agreed, Realistic, Time-Based).
  • Seeking constant feedback to figure out how to improve.
  • Being committed to personal and/or organizational goals and going “the extra mile” to achieve them.
  • Actively seeking out opportunities and seizing them when they occur.
  • The ability to deal with setbacks and continue in pursuing your goals, despite obstacles (i.e., resilience).

“The Achievements of an Organization are the results of the combined effort of each Individual.– Vince Lombardi

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