• Camilla Krefting

How to increase motivation

Updated: Mar 22

Motivated individuals produce a higher quality of work and perform better, motivated teams have lower numbers of absenteeism and staff turnover. As an individual or a leader sometimes we can wonder how to motivate ourselves or our teams when there is a bit of a dip. A good place to start to re-motivate is to first understand what may be causing the decrease in motivation.

Here are four reasons why you might have a dip in motivation:

1. Values mismatch

This occurs when a task given to you does not match your values and you lack a purpose. This can be because you do not perceive the task as important, intellectually challenging or useful enough to your work, the team or the greater goals.

What can you do:

  • Start by understanding your personal values. Have an open and honest conversation with the team where each person shares their personal values. Not only does this help with motivation, it also helps create trust and a psychologically safe environment

  • Once you understand your personal values you can reframe the task so that it is aligned to your values and understand the why behind the task linking to the bigger picture

  • As a leader explain the purpose, why this task is important and how it helps develop certain skills for that individual, linked to their values

2. Lack of confidence in our own ability

When we are not confident in our own ability we don’t believe we are able to successfully master the task. Loss of confidence can lead to a decrease in risk taking, productivity and motivation.

What can you do:

  • Build confidence by reviewing similar tasks that you have successfully completed in the past, as a leader point these out to the individual

  • Develop a growth mindset, where you see challenges and mistakes as opportunities to learn rather than as personal failure or blockers

  • As a leader, give autonomy to your team to approach tasks in the way that they see best

  • As a leader share praise and recognition regularly, 72% of people would feel more motivated with a simple thank you - read our blog on the power of recognition for more insight

3. Negative mindset

It is difficult to be motivated when we are in a negative mindset. This leads to negative self-talk, lower mood and an increase in limiting beliefs. All of which hold us back from achieving what we want to achieve.

What can you do:

  • There are four tips in this blog that may be helpful for improving your mindset

  • Make space to actively listen to each person in your team, ask them how they are and give them proper space to answer and share how they are feeling. By creating this vulnerability you can support each other

  • As a leader, help your team challenge their limiting beliefs by asking questions such as “do you believe that is true?” “Is there another way to look at this?”

4. Attribution error

This occurs when a person attributes their struggle to someone or something else. In other words the reason why they are not succeeding is not within their control

What can you do:

  • As a leader we can help the person identify the cause, you can use the control circles to help the individual identify what is in their control

  • If the person only comes up with external causes, help them find internal ones. We cannot change what other people are doing but we can change how we react

Dan Pink shares that there are three driving forces underpinning all this: autonomy, purpose and mastery. People are driven by being given responsibility (autonomy), having a positive impact (purpose) or being an expert in their field (mastery). These tips should help you tap into your own, or your team's, autonomy, mastery and purpose.

If you would like any more insight on how to motivate your team please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you and find out your tips on how to stay motivated.

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