Driving Staff Productivity and Welfare
What is Motivation?
Motivation is described as ‘a direction and energy to initiate and persist with behaviours in order to satisfy needs’ (Paulsen & Feldman, 1999, Young Sung & Nam Choi, 2009).
… in layman’s terms, it’s the engine that drives us to do what we want – or need – to do.
There are several different types of motivation too, but let’s not make this a psychology lesson! Suffice to say that you want to know what motivates your staff, and whether they are motivated intrinsically (e.g., because it fulfils them) or extrinsically (because it leads to something else, like money). Because that really matters when it comes to productivity, creativity and innovation. The ‘extra mile’ comes in when what we are doing fulfils a need or makes us happy, often through a sense of achievement, growth or security. And this is where you want your team members to be.
The Difference between Motivation and Personality
What does Motivational Mapping do?
How Motivational Mapping works
Knowing what motivates your staff can have far-reaching benefits. Just one session across your team can help you to:
- Boost staff productivity
- Support staff wellbeing and welfare
- Recruit and retain staff
- Create more effective teams
- Deliver appropriate rewards and insightful appraisals
- Turn around an underperforming
- Effectively navigate conflict resolution between multiple employees
- Align employee motivations with certain projects or tasks
In a nutshell, understanding staff motivation helps you to speak your staff member’s language and guide their professional development in a way that benefits both you and your team member.
“ I have been amazed how the maps have helped me to understand how my staff tick, enabling me to work with key areas of the business. We are recruiting the right staff for business development and this year we are in profit. I can highly recommend using the maps and will continue to use Premier Life Skills for our team development ”
Pradeep MehtaCEO AMAX LTD
“ My predecessor had been with the company for 18 years, so joining a well-established team was always going to be a challenge. I found that using the Motivational Maps and also having Jane as a ‘career coach’ really benefited me at the start and set me up with a very strong foundation for managing my team. I still use the Maps and would highly recommend it to all businesses and especially to those starting in a new role or company ”
Fola SalakoEvents Manager
“ I am a big believer in the product and it has been extremely beneficial to identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the leadership team. ”
Chief Inspector MurrayNorthamptonshire Police
“There are lots of ways of addressing leadership development, but what I like about motivational maps is that it gives you both individual feedback and can be used as a team development tool...it's also easy to relate too. In East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service we used the maps at a team development day as a basis for reflecting on the team strengths ...and also potential vulnerabilities and in order to shape our future leadership development so that we can give the very best to our organisation.”
Dawn WhittakerChief Fire Officer - East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service