As the leader of your organization, one of your many responsibilities is to find ways to motivate your employees. It is important to understand what factors influence maximum performance and how.
Many managers practice the system of using negative reinforcement to motivate their employees. This practice is out-dated and useless. Employees are rarely motivated to work more effectively by reprimanding or embarrassment. Managers unknowingly create complacent workers that work just hard enough not to get fired.
A more appropriate way to motivate employees is through praise and recognition. It can increase a positive work environment but still not increase employee productivity. Sometimes this form of motivation will improve productivity but only temporary. In order for praise and recognition to work effectively, the organization must be consistent. Employees begin to expect to be routinely recognized and will lose motivation if they feel overlooked or ignored.
No matter how much recognition you give your employees, they want to eventually see how valuable they are to the company. This comes in the form of monetary incentives and increased responsibility. The best way to get maximum performance from your employees is to incorporate both of these factors in your performance improvement policy.
Employees are motivated when they are paid more for excellence and they are trusted to perform important tasks. A motivated employee is one that feels a sense of pride in what they do every day.