How do you motivate the others?


Motivated employees form one of the critical pillars of success for every single business. Managers, or leaders, are responsible for keeping the people motivated in big corporations, while in the small business, it’s typically a task an HR department has to handle.

If one has a budget, it is easy to motivate the employees. But we can not offer a raise every other month, can we? On the top of that, US economy is battling the crisis right now. Profit margins are tighter as ever. Interviewers try to find out if you have some ideas of motivating the people, without a need to pay them anything extra. Good HR job applicant will come up with some ideas.


Stress the importance of motivation

You should emphasize that you understand the importance of motivation on the workplace, and you should describe at least two ways of motivating the employees. You can talk about team building events, creating better relationships on the workplace, a clearly explained system of goals and rewards, and about being a role model for the others. Let’s haveĀ  a look at some good answersn.

Sample answers

Candidate talking about motivation in an interviewFirst of all, I try to be a role model. I do not sitĀ  in the office all day long, but I often go and talk to the people, asking them if they are satisfied in work, and I actually listen to their needs and wishes. If it is possible, I try to improve the working conditions every year. If there is a need for a helping hand, and I have time, I do not hesitate to do manual labor for an hour or two. Seeing a white collar taking the job motivates the laborers to work harder.

Team building has always worked in my experience. One can actually organize a team building event with minimal expenses, but it can bring amazing results, strengthen relationships and loyalty of the employees. I also like to have a clear system of rewards. All employees should know what they’ll get if they achieve certain results in their job. Extra day off, or some form of small material rewards worked well in my previous job. But it is crucial to communicate it in a right way, and set realistic goals for the employees, so they won’t burn out trying to reach the goals.

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