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5 Tips to Help Managers Improve Employee Motivation

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

The key to effectively running a profitable business is motivating employees to perform their roles at a high level. For your employees to perform at their best, they must be intrinsically motivated. Intrinsic motivation comes from understanding who they are, who they want to be, and how their current role can help them close the gap. Finding intrinsic motivation is a deeply personal process. Still, it can be assisted by taking the time to understand your employees' goals and help them see how their goals can be accomplished within your organization. By helping employees identify how their work connects to your company vision, you can create higher levels of commitment and personal accountability.

Higher levels of commitment and accountability will lead to employees working harder to accomplish company objectives because they understand how their success is linked to yours. Former MLB Coach Yoga Berra once said, "If you know where you're going, it's a lot easier to get there." This is as true in business as it is in baseball. When you help your employees develop a clear vision of where your company is going and the benefit they will receive from excelling at their role, you create an environment where employees want to thrive because they know they will win, as the company wins.

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Be Clear on the Company's Mission and Vision.

The first step is ensuring employees understand your business's vision and mission. This understanding needs to be clear, aspirational, and values-based. You might feel that vision and mission statements as empty words that do not provide much value to the day-to-day operations of a business. This could not be further from the truth. Vision Statements offer employees a picture of what a company wants to be. At the same time, a mission statement details why the work that is being done is essential. When you provide your employees with the what and the why of the company's existence, they can better find purpose in their work within the company.

Employees' commitment and motivation are highest when their passion and purpose align with the company's needs. By consistently communicating the company's vision and mission statement, you can help employees understand how central both are to everything the company does. This lays the foundation for the employee to connect the dots between their role and the company's overall success.

Gain Commitment.

Once you have helped employees understand the company's vision and mission, your next job is to gain employees' commitment to their role within the organization. Gaining employees' commitment transfers the burden of accountability from you to the employee. When employees are committed to doing a job, they are more likely to show initiative, seek help, and require less follow-up from you. Gaining commitment is essential because commitment is the foundation for accountability. Accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions. If you establish a safe and candid work environment with your employees, they will only commit to things they believe they can accomplish. By soliciting commitments from your employees, you gain awareness of the employee's belief in their ability to complete a task and their word to put their best effort into achieving it.

Secure Resources.

After gaining commitment, you should seek to understand what resources employees need to complete the task. If the employees are going to complete the task for the first time, the help they need might be coaching or training. You should work with the employees to identify the resources required to complete the job. Aligning the amount of time, money, materials, technology, people, or other resources upfront can prevent future frustration, conflict, and delays. By identifying and securing the resources necessary to complete the task upfront, you can better position the employee for success.

Monitor Performance.

You and your employees must establish a routine for discussing employee satisfaction and performance. By defining periodic moments to pause and review actions and results, both parties have certainty that they will be able to discuss

  • How is the employee performing compared to expectations?

  • How does the employee's current work align with their personal goals?

  • What additional training or support does the employee need?

  • If any changes need to be made to current roles or responsibilities?

  • Ways to improve communication, partnership, and collaboration between employees and other stakeholders associated with the company.

During these meetings, you and the employee should review previous commitments to ensure that both parties follow through on the previously communicated actions. If either party fails to meet prior commitments, a resolution should be found to adjust expectations or provide additional resources or support.

2-Way Feedback.

During the progress check-ins, you and the employee should have the opportunity to provide each other with feedback. Check-in meetings should be more than you communicating expectations and providing feedback. Employees should have time to voice concerns or give feedback on work conditions, goals, organizational culture, and management practices. Encouraging employees to be candid about their wants and needs can help to strengthen relationships and remove leadership blind spots. By providing a space for employees to voice their thoughts and concerns, you can better understand what might be getting in the way of their productivity. With this information, you can better support employees in finding solutions that help them and the company perform at higher levels.


Employees join companies to satisfy their wants and needs. You can help employees identify how their wants and needs can be fulfilled through work. This will create higher levels of loyalty and commitment. Committed employees will do everything within their power to support the success of an organization. To improve your employees' productivity and effectiveness, start by understanding why they're working for you. Then, help them see how their commitment to bringing the company's vision and mission to life will bring them closer to achieving their goals.


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Dorian Cunion is an Executive Business Coach with Your Path Coaching and Consulting. He is a former retail executive with over 20 years of experience in the retail industry. He is a Co-Active coach who focuses on helping professionals and small business owners overcome insecurities, knowledge gaps, and lack of direction. He does this by helping clients tap into their values, recognize their strengths, and develop actionable strategies for growth.

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