In my latest book, The Liber8 Disciplines, I’m working with HR consultant Antonia Haythornthwaite on the key strategies to build a high performance team. Antonia advises that you find out what key factors motivate a particular individual and then use these to encourage the best performance from this person. Knowing what motivates an individual and then building this into their goals and challenges can make a stunning difference to a person’s performance. In the book, Antonia provides a check list you can give employees to find out what drives them. I’m going to share it with you in this blog.
Take a look at the check list below. Your challenge is to book a time over the next few months with each of your team members to begin an informal evaluation process. Create a form for them using the following checklist. Get them to complete this check list and begin to work out the high performance formula for each individual.
MOTIVATION CHECKLIST – WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Tick the five factors that are most important to you at work:
¨ Pleasant physical work environment
¨ Sense of achievement, pride in a job well done
¨ Being treated fairly compared to others
¨ Job security
¨ Knowing that I’m doing what I’m best at
¨ Variety of work
¨ Challenging work
¨ Safe working conditions
¨ Promotion opportunities
¨ Freedom to do the job as I want
¨ Collaborating with others
¨ Project work
¨ Being well paid
¨ A good relationship with my manager
¨ Study and training opportunities
¨ Spending time socially with the people I work with
¨ Flexible working arrangements
¨ Regular feedback on performance
¨ Clear systems and processes to follow
¨ Goals to work towards
¨ Recognition of a job well done
¨ Communication about the direction of the organisation
¨ Knowing how I can do better
¨ New, untried experiences
Once you know what motivates someone and build these things into their work day – their happiness and desire to perform increase dramatically. Give it a try – and let me know how you get on.
Happy team building
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