July 6, 2020
Performance Management 10 August 2017
How to Maximize Potential Within Employees- Driving Motivation
Hannah Son
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Maximizing employee potential and motivation levels should be one of your top priorities. Each employee you bring onto your team should be carefully considered and treated as an investment. If your employees are unmotivated and disgruntled, they are a burden to your company. But what if you could bring out the best in your employees and boost employee motivation and potential? 

Being able to push your employees to their maximum potential will enhance your entire company's potential (not to mention productivity and culture)! Here are 7 ways to help your employees reach their full potential at work:

1. Hire right: 

First and foremost, recruit and train the right people! This seems simple and not worth mentioning but more often than not, employers choose the safe choice and end up missing out on great candidates (and sometimes these candidates are already working for your company in a different capacity!) Check out Prosky’s posts on succession planning to breakout of the bad hires cycle!

2. Listen Up: 

Let your employees know that they can talk to you when they have issues at work, a bit of empathy will go a long way in showing how much you are invested in your employees. So many issues in the workplace can be solved just by simply listening and as simple as this may sound, many business leaders rarely practice active listening. 

Here are four easy tips to improve your listening skills:

  1. Give the speaker your full attention: No phones and no side conversations! Make it obvious to the speaker that they have your full attention.

  2. Observe your body language. Are you inclined towards the speaker?

  3. Resist the temptation to interrupt the other while they are speaking.

  4. Welcome any questions or concerns that they might have.

3. Feedback will feedforward: 

Employees need to be thoroughly and continuously evaluated - not only when they are up for a raise. By evaluating your employees, they know what standards are expected of them. Evaluations also help people to form mental timelines and goals. Building a culture where employees are engaged to perform at their maximum potential requires strong management skills and a consistent process for providing quality feedback. 

Easier said than done, but recent progress in HR-software designed specifically to address workplace challenges like these is helping significantly. Ultimately, quality feedback is what keeps your employee's head in the game and can be used to motivate them to their fullest potential.

4. Create communities: 

Invite your employees to events whether they are community, charity or networking events. You can’t lead a team without knowing your team on a personal level. Encourage departments to go together, find external learning and network opportunities. It's a chance for your team to grow as well as the company to make more ties with the community.

5. Be a mentor:  

As a (good) mentor, you’re tasked with helping guide and aid the development of your employee. In this working relationship, you can teach them soft and technical skills, show them how to avoid the pitfalls that you struggled with while you were in their position and help identify with their struggles. Seeing their mentor as someone who has successfully made it through will motivate any mentee.

6. Identify skills and utilize them:

Assessing individual potential is crucial to bring out the best in anyone. Often times, an unhappy employee is simply a bored one, stuck in an unchallenging and unfulfilling post. Take the time to try to understand your employees, maybe some are innovators, some may be followers or even great team leaders. 

Without attempting to identify these traits, you may never find out. Nurture and develop talent in house, this method will allow you to have a pretty good idea of who your future leaders will be. Prospective leaders should also be aware of your intentions to promote them, this will up the motivation, determination and the competition.

7. Leave room for creativity:

“Creativity inspires, builds emotional commitment, and captures thoughts.  Creativity is a learned, practiced, and disciplined skill.”  

Ultimately, creativity is priceless to your organization. By giving your employees wiggle room, they will feel trusted and motivated to come up with some great ideas that will impress upper management. 

Next time you’re sitting in the board room, have your employees speak their minds through vision boards, draw out ideas or even take notes with crayons! This will not only help your company culture, it will also be a great tool for fostering innovative solutions. 

These 7 ideas will get you better in tune with your employees, will maximize employee potential and drive up their motivation levels! Want more? Check out our blog