"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Chinese proverb
Nothing is better than learning by doing. And the progress one makes while actively learning is also what motivates us to continue giving our best.
When you apply Maslow's Hierarchy to employee motivation it quickly becomes clear that employees are most motivated when they have a purpose and the opportunity to make choices.
The American behavioral and social psychologist David McClelland identified three needs that motivate employees:
People like to achieve goals. In order to have real goals, these must meet certain criteria. Because goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (learn more here: SMART).
Achieving goals is way more fun when noticed and appreciated by others. Social recognition and affiliation is an important aspect that motivates people.
Power and influence naturally arise from the first two points, because the achievement of goals and the recognition gained thereby lead to more influence.
Great! But what does SOPHY have to do with this?
We'll show you how to use SOPHY to increase employee motivation, for example during the onboarding process:
- Define goals
Checklists are more than collection of tasks. A task does not only have to refer to a single concrete action, it can be a goal. You can set a due date, specify it in the description and assign it to the employee.
Or you can summarize the goal in a task group as a milestone and list the individual tasks in it , so you have a better overview of the progress.
2. Plan regular feedback sessions
Make sure that regular interactions with employees are scheduled. This will keep your employees motivated, because they are heard and included in shaping processes. It also ensures that your processes are constantly optimized and kept up to date.
Create recurring tasks to help you stay on top of important routine activities like employee meetings.
3. More or different responsibilities for employees
Task variety prevents monotony at work and helps employees to develop and maintain cognitive flexibility.
In SOPHY this is as simple as find tasks that are outside an employee's daily routine and assigning these tasks to them.
You could even encourage employees to exchange tasks, giving them the freedom to make their workflow more diverse and stimulating.