Turbocharge Your Employees with 98 Octane Motivation

July 24, 2023
Turbocharge Your Employees

People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses. Often managers are looking for maximum productivity, efficiency and profitability. Strategies for achieving these outcomes might include cost-cutting, pushing current employees by setting higher expectations or turning to tech to maximise their resources. 

The problem is that all of these strategies overlook the engine of what is the business vehicle – employees. All of the above strategies may actually alienate and reduce morale for your employees, creating a downward spiral in motivation and consequently affecting the performance of the business.

So how can you motivate employees to help with these goals? Well, if you want more performance from an engine you add in mechanical and fuel upgrades like a turbocharger and 98 octane premium fuel. The same can be said with a business, where employees are the engine to drive overall performance, install some upgrades to your management style and be rewarded with increased employee performance.

Here’s how we recommend you can add a turbocharger for 98 octane motivation…

Be interested, not interesting

You’re not that interesting. No, really. If your employees wanted to hear long-winded analogies designed to motivate based on your experiences, they would ask. You’ll get a far bigger payoff by being interested in and empathising with your employees. 

Know about their family; know about what they do after hours, what interests them. This is not meant to be prying into an employee’s personal life, but knowing an employee can help you to work out what motivates that employee. 

Different people are motivated by very different things. What does the employee want? What do they want from this job, from their life, and for their future? Reaching goals can be difficult. Helping someone to reach a goal at work is impossible if you do not know what that goal is and employees who feel they are supported in working towards their goals will perform at a much higher level.

Support their goals, whatever they are

Some employees start out in a job on the bottom with hopes of advancement. Others may be working towards a better work/life balance by side-stepping or lateral movement. You may have an operational employee who has eyes on moving into sales to increase their income, or a salesperson who is interested in moving into accounts.

Whatever your employees’ goals may be – you need to know what they are, discuss their goals at regular intervals as they evolve and actively work to assist them in achieving their version of success. It might be that they are after a promotion, higher income, increasing their skills, more flexibility in work hours or even a better work/life balance so they can spend more time sipping mai tais. 

Your employees should know that you care about their goals and aspirations. Let them know that you are there to help them achieve their goals and they will give you 110%

Don’t spend time, invest your time 

Take a few minutes out of your day to just talk with your employees, particularly if they are working from home. Give them an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns or simply ask how their week went. This will demonstrate how much you care about his or her happiness within the company, provided you do this with genuine intent.

You can also schedule one-on-one reviews once a month, every few weeks or however often is comfortable for you. This will allow you time to sit down and spend a little more time with the employee and give you a chance to discuss the highs and lows of the period in which the review is accomplished. Ensure at least a few of these meetings are outside you place of business, perhaps getting a coffee at a local cafe (when possible).

Positive conversations, even on a casual level are a great way to increase employee motivation. It can also give you an opportunity to build genuine relationships with employees that mean you can be provided with honest insight into their day-to-day tasks, successes and challenges.

Investing your time in your employees will absolutely pay off. Employees are your company’s number one asset, the engine driving your goals for the business. 

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