What do I mean when I say motivate your co-workers?
A great way to motivate coworkers is to be willing to work hard, have a great attitude and to focus on what other people need in terms of their learning styles.
Everyone today who works anywhere is dependent on other people. Gone are the days when you went to work and did your X task and went home. Within the last decade or two, we have seen more and more collaboration necessary at work to really achieve anything. This means you will be dependent on other people to get your tasks done and to succeed at your job.
This can be serious and impact your career growth and opportunities. For example, you can be the perfect candidate on paper but once you are hired if you cannot work well with others or you cannot motivate your co-workers, you might find yourself without a job (worst case scenario) or without a chance for advancement (still not a good scenario).
Conversely, if you can work well with others and keep things “moving” at all times, you will find yourself well on the path to managerial positions and then, of course, you will have even more to learn about managing people directly.
Many people today, though, do not incorporate management skills into their daily job but even if you do not have any direct reports, you do need to learn how to manage/motivate your co-workers, your boss everyone in between.
When you have co-workers who need to get things done either located near you or across the country or globe - you need to have their input and/or their piece completed in order to do the next part of the project. Most work today is “project” based – even if you do not consider it a “project” let’s say you manage the data that is used to create a product – that is a project that repeats every time the product is updated but it is a project.
Ways to Motivate (and How Not to Motivate)
The best way to help you get things done is not the easy way. We have all seen people lead by intimidation and yelling – those people do get short term results but in the long-term you do not see people looking to work with them and eventually karma comes and people lose their jobs when the only tool they have is intimidation. Being someone who will “tell” on other employees is also not a good way to build and help your reputation. Again, in the short term, this will give you results but eventually you annoy everyone from management on down.
My #profadvice (based off of many years’ experience) is that you MUST be a do-er and build relationships. This is not easy. You must be the person who can be counted on to pitch in to help if a deadline is approaching and work is not being done fast enough. You must be the type of person who can offer guidance and/or advice on how to get things done instead of complaining to everyone that no one is doing their work but you.
More things you can do is to keep any and all meetings short and to the point. No one wants to be in meetings ever but sometimes they are necessary. Do not spend too much time going over things everyone already knows. Stay concise and work towards to creating decisions that can be implemented while understanding that sometimes decisions will change and that can impact everything.
I have real stories and experiences behind building relationships and being a do-er; look for that in my next blog post which will talk about managing your boss and the above and below levels, too.
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Lisa Vento Nielsen