Motivate your employees with the model for self motivation.
In my most recent blog I explained that an employer could use the model for self motivation to motivate an employee pretty much the same way an individual would use it to motivate herself.
According to the model for self motivation, there are three things (we call them factors) that determine how motivated you are, the vision, successability and environment. Anything you do to positively impact any of the three factors will automatically have a positive impact on your motivation.
So what an employer needs to do is positively impact any or all of the factors and his employees will become more motivated.
The vision is the change that someone (in this case the employer) wants to occur. In order for it to be motivating, it has to be important to the actor, the person who is supposed to make the change occur, in this case the employee. So the employer wants to make the task important to the employee.
The employer can make the change important to his employee by several different ways. The first is by letting the employee have some control over how the work gets done. By giving the employee input into how the job gets done, the employer gets the employee’s buy in. Another way is by making sure the employee understands why his task is important. If he doesn’t understand this, he is more likely to think he, and the task he is to complete, are unimportant and he will not be motivated to achieve that which the employer wants him to achieve.
The employer can impact the second factor of the model for self motivation, successability, by making sure the employee knows he can be successful. Successability means confidence in your competence. If the employee does not feel confident that he has the ability to do the job, he will not be motivated to do it.
One way the employer can guarantee his employees feel confident is to make sure they have the tools necessary to do the job well. Another is to provide them with training so they can acquire any skills they need to do the job.
Environment is the third factor in the model for self motivation. The employer can make sure the environment positively impacts his employees’ motivation by making it a great place to work. Working in an environment with favoritism and inappropriate behavior or even unnecessarily dangerous conditions will not motivate employees.
In summary, the model for self motivation can be used by anyone to motivate someone else.
But that’s not the best use for it. The best use for it is motivating yourself, using it to go after your own desires, rather than someone else’s. Why not go after your own desires?
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