Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Motivation with a Twist

Why do people work? That’s the single most important question in the field of management. How you answer it can tell volumes about your management style.

The core team at Creations Innovations has a deep passion for the work they accomplish, which allows motivation to come naturally. But every team meets challenges that require additional encouragement to tackle. At Creative Innovations, we inspire our team with out-of-the-box thinking when motivation levels dip.

The goal of Creative Innovations’ management is not simply to direct and control team members, but rather to create conditions that make people want to offer maximum effort. Harnessing each team members’ sense of self-direction and self-control in pursuit of common objectives is more effective than imposing a system of controls designed to force people to meet objectives they didn’t understand or share. CIN believes rewarding people for achievement is a simple, yet valuable way to reinforce shared commitment.

Additionally, punishing team members for failure doesn’t increase productivity, self-worth or knowledge within a team. But team members will rise to any challenge when given a more responsibility. CIN has found team member contributions are always multiplied when we unleashing their imagination, ingenuity and creativity.

The expenditure of physical and mental effort in work is as natural as play or rest. Our team exercises superior self-direction and self-control to achieve objectives because they are committed. They are wholly committed to objectives because of the excellent rewards associated with their achievement. The drive for greater success pushes our team members to not only accept, but seek more responsibility. Because with greater responsibility, comes greater reward.

CIN also strives to motive team members with unique rewards. Such creativity can be challenging in a corporate environment, and the traditional motivators are both expected and can be in short supply, depending on company and individual performance. Often the simple gesture of recognition and showing that hard work is appreciated, makes the biggest difference. But there are out-of-the box motivators that can create a positive effect with your team:
• A free parking space
• A free day off after a grueling project
• An assigned office with a door (to provide a quiet workspace)
• A split schedule allowing a person to leave in mid-afternoon (to care for family) and be back online at 10 p.m.
• Dinner for two at a fine restaurant
• A day spa trip
• Sports event tickets and concert tickets

How do you motivate your team?