Motivating Environment Influence Attitude and Commitment

In the context of the workplace, a motivating environment exists when your employees look forward to work every morning. This is one reason they want to give their best as long they work for your organization.

Stephen Covey asks the question, "Do you want to or do you have to?" Do your employees feel forced to come to work or do they want to?

Your people are not only happy but enjoy doing their work. Happiness depends on external factors. Joy comes from the inside. A happy person is not necessarily a hard and a productive worker. This is also ring true of employees.

Why Must a motivating environment at work concern organizations?

A conducive work environment has positive effects on:

  • Employee engagement and retention
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Teamwork and cooperation among employees
  • Quality work and higher standard of work performance
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  • Employee and organizational productivity

But such an environment may not exist due to poor quality of corporate leadership, the bad attitude of co-workers and negative influence of peers.

Seven Things to Do to Create a Motivating Environment

These are some of the things you can do to create conducive work environment:

  1. Always have a positive attitude. Have empathy for your people. This helps you understand your people better. Help them to see the good side of the organization.
  2. Appreciate and genuinely acknowledge the contribution of your people.
  3. Be there for your people, physically and emotionally. Superiors need emotional intelligence to provide the right response at the right time.
  4. Seek first to understand what your people need. Stephen Covey presents this as one of the habits of successful people.
  5. Not making promises you cannot keep. It is easier and more reasonable to say that you will try your utmost best to get management approval to improve employment terms and conditions than promising that they will get what they asked for.
  6. Build trust. This is especially required if you are in a position of leadership.
  7. Ensure that you explain clearly when conveying any message to your people.

Where Motivation Theories Fit In

See to it that Maslow's lower Hierarchy of Needs are satisfied. These would include safe and healthy working conditions, set of fair rules and regulations, reasonable pay and incentives level as well as the quality of supervision and interpersonal relations.

Using Fredrick Herzberg's theory, a conducive environment answers to the hygiene needs of employees. A good working environment may not motivate every employee but lack of it can demotivate.

Creating a motivating environment is a continuous activity. It is never easy when the state of things are in constant change. It requires doing these things on a daily basis to bring about this work environment.

Being a good and effective communicator is a required quality of people in position of authority.

To ensue that a motivating environment can exist, be aware of what is happening in the organization. Lsten with your heart and mind to what your people are saying. In this way, you can respond to the human needs of employees. If changes are required, you will know this and can take the necessary action before things get out hand.

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