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Everyday ways to boost motivation

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Without built-in motivation, work is just a job. But with it, work becomes an extension of a team member's personal­ity, values and desire for success and satis­faction. You can increase motivation with some simple adjustments to daily assign­ments and work methods. For example:

Increase the activity level. Keeping people busy at useful tasks is much more motivating than allowing too much down time. Waiting for someone else to deliver what you need to succeed can be downright depressing. One way to increase activity is to change the work space—so people don't sit at a single desk or station all day. You can also keep a small backlog of work assign­ments whenever anyone has nothing to do.

Add fun factors. Fun doesn't have to be unproductive. Properly channeled, hav­ing more fun is one of the best ways to increase productivity and job satisfaction. One example is using games for training. One manager helped her team learn the new e-mail system faster than expected by sending everyone a series of messages containing knock-knock jokes and other conversational tidbits. People naturally wanted to respond and thus tried harder to learn how to work the system.

Add a sprinkle of variety. Even excit­ing work can become boring without variety—the spice of both life and work. Expand workers' responsibilities, replac­ing repetitive tasks with a broader range of important activities. These don't need to be high-level to be interesting. Asking a worker to take over maintaining the copy machine, for example, can be a welcome break from routine.

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