Yes, You Can, But
There Are Better Ways!
From the Management
Module of Ziggets
People are motivated
out of fear, no doubt about that. They fear losing their jobs, getting
griped out, being punished in some way, and getting their paychecks
docked, or losing a bonus.
You certainly can
scare motivation into people--but if you do, you should be aware of
the limitations. It's a very short-term success. It will work some of
the time, but not all of the time. However, people who work in an atmosphere
of fear will eventually become callused and lose motivation or simply
find another job.
To motivate with
better results, try incentives. Offer commissions and prizes or bonuses
for certain levels of work. However, incentives don't work for everyone,
either. After a while, the same incentive tends to lose meaning and
people lose some of their motivation. Not all people are motivated by
the same incentives, and that presents a bit of a problem, too. Plus,
there's a limit to how much a company can give and remain profitable.
If you want to motivate
for long-term success, try growth. It's the best form of motivation
by far! It's also the most complex. Growth motivation is what the name
implies. Growth opportunities motivate people. A wise manager will find
what areas of personal growth his or her people need and want and then
strategize ways to help them get those opportunities.
One person may want
to go to college while another may want to learn a new skill. The company
that helps the employee achieve these growth opportunities will most
likely motivate the employee and keep the employee productively employed
for a long time.
can include training on attitude, self-esteem, goal setting, parenting,
and many other areas.