The truth is, most of the managers do not really believe that they should spend their time and of course their budget to motivate their people. They have a simple assumption that motivation is internal, people are responsible for motivating themselves, and they can’t motivate their staff any more than they could motivate them.
To be honest, this assumption is not really nonsense. Although managers should create an environment in which people can motivate themselves, the responsibility of motivating those who don’t want to become motivated is not possible.
‘’People have more control than they realize over their ability to build and sustain motivation in the workplace’’
Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational psychologist
Workplace motivation depends on different important factors but the one we shouldn’t ignore is the desire of becoming motivated.
So if you are one of those people whose manager, team leader or supervisor do not care about the motivation, start to build it yourself. While you will be the main person who suffers from disengagement and demotivation at work. Of course, the workplace will see the huge cost of ignoring it in the near future too.
Set your own goals for your own improvement
If you want to improve on your job, position, and skills, you first should set your goals. Yes, everybody knows that it’s much easier to set goals than to actually get them done. It all comes from Motivation. Most of us have trouble keeping the fire of setting goals and doing them lit. We know all the things we should do to improve our situation. But the thing is that thinking about them is much easier than going to do them. So next time instead of complaining about why no one has recognized you for your good job and hard effort, take a look at your defined goals. If you could achieve even half of those goals, you should recognize yourself as someone who has found her way to the personal motivation and improvement at her work.
Record your progress in your everyday tasks
There are many factors that influence motivation, but the most significant one is a sense of progress. You should feel that you are doing something meaningful and effective. Not just a daily routine task, but something that is comprehensible and valuable for yourself, your colleagues and your organization. Therefore tracking what you do daily, weekly, monthly can bring you a clear view of your progress at work. How many projects you have done this month? The number of papers you have published this year? The amount of sales you have managed this week? They are all worth to track and create a sense of motivation inside you.
Expand your personal and professional networks
If your manager doesn’t motivate you, try to find other networks for support. It can help to increase your confidence and also visibility. Share your professional knowledge on Linkedin, Tweeter and other networking media. Then you can develop external relationships to a larger professional community of your field. Therefore they can support you and motivate you professionally and sometimes more than your manager did.
They were some ways of creating your own motivation and engagement at work. it’s important to figure out what drives you personally and professionally and add your factors to this list. Motivation is what pushes us to achieve our goals, feel more fulfilled and improve the overall quality of life. It doesn’t have a simple definition but requires your own effort to appear.
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