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Methods and Techniques for Motivating Employees

Updated on September 2, 2011

Employee Motivation Techniques

Motivating employees is an important skill for supervisors, managers, and business owners to have. When developing motivation plans, it is important to recognize the individual differences among employees and realize that not all motivation techniques will work for everyone. Each employee must be evaluated to determine what motivates them the most. Below are several ideas for motivating employees and preventing job boredom or job overload.

Employee Motivation Through Job Rotation

Job rotation, also known as cross-training, can be very effective for employees that perform repetitive tasks in their job. Job rotation allows the employees to learn new skills by shifting them from one task to another.


Motivate your employees with job rotation
Motivate your employees with job rotation

Employee Motivation Through Job Enlargement

Job enlargement is a motivation technique used for employees that perform very few and simple tasks. Job enlargement increases the number and variety of tasks that the employee performs, resulting in a feeling of importance.


Employee Motivation Through Job Enrichment

This method increases the employees control over the work being performed. It allows employees to control the planning, execution, and evaluation of their own work, resulting in freedom, independence, and added responsibility.


Employee Motivation Through Flextime

Flextime allows employees to choose their own work schedule, to a certain extent. For example, if the office is open from 8am until 9pm, the employees can come in at any time during that period to complete their 8 hours.

Employee Motivation Through Job Sharing

This is a less common method, but very effective at preventing boredom. It allows 2 employees to share 2 different jobs. They could alternate days or weeks, working 20 hours in each position each week.


Motivate your employees with job sharing
Motivate your employees with job sharing

Employee Motivation Through Employee Involvement

People want to feel like they are a part of something. Letting the employees be more active in the decision-making related to their job makes them feel valued and important to the company and increases job motivation.


Employee Motivation Through Variable-Pay Programs

Merit-based pay, bonuses, gain sharing, and stock ownership plans are all great motivators for employees. However, don’t just give them out. Offer them as an incentive or reward for outstanding performance.


Watch this video on how to motivate employees!


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      Loren Weaver 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good overview of effective management techniques. One key is that different people respond differently to different treatment, so finding the perk or arrangement that works for individual employees is crucial.

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      KIBROM 5 years ago


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      Baby Pilot 6 years ago

      wow wow your material is so simplified and i hope well it 'll always help we pass ma assignments ait.,

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great tips. One vote up. I am one of your followers, I enjoy your hubs.

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      pardhu 6 years ago

      it was very useful. as i am new to this this concept it helped me a lot

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      cblack 6 years ago from a beach somewhere

      Thanks pt5631! Unfortunatly, with the current economy, financial compensation is not always abailable as an incentive. Luckily, there are other ways of boosting morale.

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      pt5631 6 years ago

      so these are nonfinancial methods for motivating. i find this very interesting. great article!

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      cblack 7 years ago from a beach somewhere

      Thanks Smireles! Cross training can often keep employees from getting bored with repetitive tasks. It allows them the oppurtunity to learn and do new things.

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      Very good article about motivating employees. I have to say that I was against cross training, but it had to do with the job involved and not the concept. Good hub!