Traditionally, many managers use the carrot and stick motivational techniques
‘do better or I’ll get someone else’
‘sell / do more and you’ll make a bonus’
Research has shown that incentive type rewards will only work in ‘mechanical’ type jobs as soon as rudimentry cognative processes are required monetary rewards actually get in the way.
If you want to help motivate people then you need to find out what really motivates them outwith monetary reward or benefits. Hetzberg referred to them as satisfiers.
So when you are having 1:1′s or team days take time to ask your team what these are and ask them about how you can help bring these into their work life.
Or if you are de-motivated at the moment do the exercise yourself and talk to your boss about how you can do this.
For a slightly different slant on motivation
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
For apple users (or if you fancy a change from the normal TED presentation) who can’t see TED videos on my blog try here on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc
Let me know your thoughts on motivation, hope you have a great weekend