Understanding what motivates your staff


The fourth in a series of six articles written by Karen Jones and Joanne Spencer features two tools to help you motivate your staff.
Just think of what could be achieved if all your staff, volunteers and partners had the passion and commitment to devote their time and energy to work, proactively going above and beyond expectations to help their organisation achieve its goals every moment of every day. Understanding what motivates individuals and teams is a key part of gaining this commitment and passion.
Consider this graphic and think of your team.

·         What would the % split currently be in your team?
·         What would happen if you could increase the ratio of highly motivated people in your Organisation by just 1%?
   In 2014, one of our partners, Talent Q completed a survey of 1,255 employees across a variety of industries, sectors and job roles, asking them about their individual attitudes and concerns around employees.
   They discovered that:
·         47% of employees didn’t believe they were treated as individuals at work and 80% of employees believed that being treated as an individual would improve their motivation and engagem
 How an individual performs at work depends on more than just their capability. Possessing the requisite abilities, skills and behaviours is not enough – it is the individual’s motivation and engagement in combination with capability that produces optimal performance. Therefore, understanding what motivates your employees is a key piece of the talent management jigsaw. People thrive in environments where there is the closest match between the job, organisation and their capability and motivations.At Infinite You we work with our partners to support our clients to increase motivation by focussing on two areas:
·      What motivates an individual in terms of behaviours, specifically focussing on how they are managed, empowered to work and communicated with; using the D.I.S.C. profiling tool
·      What motivates an individual in terms of the four domains of human motivation which energise and drive an individual to behave in different ways at work.
Using the Drives profiling tool
The Talent Q Drives profiling tool is our first tool and focuses on the key areas of below:
·         Challenge: being motivated by seeking challenge and personal development in a number of different ways. This includes motivation drivers of achieving, pioneering, learning and personal growth.
·         Connection: being motivated by other people and how important relationships are to them. This includes motivation drivers of positive impact, affiliation, service and supporting
·         Esteem: being able to relate to people finding a sense of worth from their role. This includes motivation drivers of authority, recognition, acquisition and professionalism
·         Personal: being motivated by factors that impact people on an individual level and that enable them to live the life they wish. This includes motivation drivers of security, stimulation, autonomy and well-being
Our second tool, the D.I.S.C. system is a valuable resource for improving inter-personal skills of any team. Understanding the impact of different behavioural styles on communication, expectations and motivation enables team members to consider and make choices about ‘appropriate’ behaviour modifications to increase personal, team and organisation success. All personalities are a combination of four core styles – D.I.S.C. In summary the four styles below are the core styles of D.I.S.C. and we are all a combination of these styles.
Karen Jones and Joanne Spencer
Directors of Infinite You Limited

Please click here for more information http://www.infiniteyou.co.uk/content/workingtogether/personality-profiling/

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