Ever wonder why a boss who gets excited about a project is able to get everyone else in the workplace excited too, while a boss who doesn't seem to care employs a lackluster team? When you're motivated at work, you're not the only one who benefits — everyone in your workplace will be more motivated as a result. Motivation is contagious, especially if you're overseeing a team or have people who look up to you — all the more reason to make sure you're taking proper care of yourself so that you don't burn out. Here are a few of the ways your motivation is motivating to others.
1. People value what they see that others value. When your coworkers or employees see that you care about your work, it will help them see the work's value for themselves. It's hard to care about something if people you're working with don't, but if someone is excited about something they're working on, you may just look closer to figure out what's so great about it.
2. You'll help create a workplace culture of motivation. When the whole team is motivated, it's much easier to get things done, and much more enjoyable. Eventually, this translates into hiring new employees who are highly motivated, as motivated potential employees will be drawn to that sort of environment.
3. When you're motivated in the workplace, you're more likely to be in a good mood. Happiness is contagious, so those around you will be in a better mood as well, which will make work a more enjoyable place to be. When people enjoy being at work, they arrive earlier, stay later and work harder — in short, they're more motivated.
4. When you're motivated at work, you want to do things right. More than just striving to get things done, you want to get things done well, and having high standards gives your employees something to strive for. Everyone likes to feel challenged.
5. People who are motivated tend to think in terms of long-term goals. Motivation requires staying focused over a period of time, even when a project or goal drags on or you get to a part you enjoy less. By staying focused on the bigger picture, you're able to power through those parts and see the project to completion — and you'll help your coworkers do the same.
6. When you're motivated, you care about the success of your team, not just yourself. Caring about your team's success means caring about your team members and really getting to know them as people. Your team will feel that you care about them, and feeling that support is very motivating. Also, by learning what makes them click, you'll naturally tap into what motivates them.
7. When you care about your job, your coworkers or team members don't want to let you down. When people feel that their personal success or failure doesn't matter to anyone else, it's often easy to start slacking. When they know that someone is counting on them to come through on a project, however, the social pressure can be a strong motivator to do their best work.
8. Motivated people tend to be more open to input. If you badly want a project to succeed, you probably want to hear others' ideas about what might improve it. As a result, your coworkers will feel like you really listen to them and value their input, and everyone likes to know that their ideas matter.
About the Author:
Gwen Stewart is a marketing guru for clients of Outbounding.com. She works far too many hours, but has made a personal goal of eliminating Sunday from her work week. Her vision for the Fall includes one hour of yoga 4 times each week, homemade soup, saving for retirement, and time off work. She also believes that a face lift can transform and empower a soul.