Sure-Fire People Motivators

Motivation is specific to each individual. The manager's job is to create circumstances in which people will become self-motivated.

Consider these alternatives:

  • Monetary compensation. Employees want to earn a good living for themselves and their family. The opportunity to increase their earnings can move them to greater performance.

    • Implementations: Bonuses, tiered commission structures, sales contests with valuable prizes, profit sharing for management employees.
  • Social acceptance. Many people derive motivation from a desire for appreciation and acceptance from their peers.

    • Implementations: Social events for the entire office, create teams to solve problems.
  • Status. Many salespeople are ego-driven, thriving on competition and savoring their peers’ admiration.

    • Implementations: Exclusive benefits for top performers—best offices, best parking, special education or business development opportunities.
  • Recognition. Everyone enjoys praise for individual efforts and achievements. Salespeople need to know their work is worthwhile and creates value.

    • Implementations: Recognize employees' successes in sales meetings, name employee and salesperson of the month and post their pictures, take time to just say “ well done.”
  • Challenges. Most people want the opportunity to succeed, but some people--often the most successful salespeople--thrive on stimulation and need to take ownership of their careers.

    • Implementations: Career counseling, continuing education, and expanding their responsibilities as a trainer, sales manager, or mentor for new salespeople.
  • Belief in the company and its leadership. Workers want to know they have a capable manager they can look up to and rely on.

    • Implementations: Make yourself available to sales associates when they need you. Treat them with respect. Communicate and let them know you care about them.
  • Involvement. Workers like to feel involved in the office’s planning and decision-making process.

    • Implementations: Hold staff meetings in which you solicit ideas to make the office more profitable. Conduct regular worker surveys.
  • Fairness. A perception that a manager plays favorites or doesn’t ensure that work or listings are equitably distributed is a disincentive.

    • Implementations: Develop and stick to a company policy on distributing house listings and walk-ins. Monitor paid employees to see if anyone seems overburdened and needs help.
  • Fulfillment. Motivated workers are those who don’t feel frustrated. It's the manager's job to remove any obstacles.

    • Implementations: Survey staff about needed administrative services and fees they would be willing to pay to fund them, keep all equipment in good repair and supplies in stock.
  • Enthusiasm. Nothing saps morale more than negativity.

    • Implementations: Don’t keep chronic complainers in the office. Plan regular events to celebrate the company and its success. Occasionally just have an event for no reason at all.
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