Employees contribute to the work environment in more ways than just doing their jobs. One of these extra-occupational elements is their disposition and how they encourage others to work. These factors are important as they can help employees feel far more motivated, thus they will reach their peak performance. For managers, ensuring subordinates are motivated also means understanding how employees show their motivation. Fortunately, this can be done by watching how employees tackle their work and engage others in the workplace.
By carefully watching new employees in contrast to long time employees, managers may well find the new hires working at their full capacity and the seasoned employee working at a far less frantic pace. Although seasoned workers may get more done as they are better trained, their motivation is often less than newer workers. As such, how employees engage their coworkers on a personal level definitely demonstrates how motivated they might become when offered a chance to shine. Of course, this is not to say seasoned employees are unmotivated as they may simply lack inspiration when facing certain tasks.
Engaging coworkers, supervisors, and outsiders, especially on a personal level, also reveals how motivated employees are, if they encounter things that interest them. Many times, employees are bored with the static nature of their jobs, yet continue to love their work. When employees show interest in other subjects and working with other employees, they are demonstrating the motivation that employers need to tap. It is difficult to stay motivated when it comes to the status quo, yet the willingness of employees to interact with others and explore the interests of other individuals shows they want to become more productive members of the team.
Additionally, motivation is most clearly seen on a professional level when employees take interest in a new project or opportunity to excel. A willingness to engage the needs of the workplace is very important, so employees that want to engage extraordinary projects are motivated. This means employees are simply looking for a little variety in their day. Although supervisors may prefer to see their subordinates show their enthusiasm by fetching a morning cup of coffee for the boss, interested employees will show motivation when given the proper opportunity to do so.
Motivation is commonly shown by taking initiatives in order to improve the workplace and to simply get things done. The problem is that over time the static nature of everyday tasks can diminish the enthusiasm of employees. If supervisors interpret this lack of excitement as a lack of overall motivation, they may well be overlooking an employee’s need for a little more variety or a chance to offer up some initiative. Moreover, if employers want to see how their employees demonstrate motivation, they need to give them a chance to show their motivation by offering them the opportunity to change and improve their job.