As an employer, it is sometimes difficult to know how to motivate your staff so that you can increase productivity and experience expansion. Every person is different, and therefore, motivated in different ways. While some employees are motivated by pay rises and promotions, others will prefer recognition and praise.

For some, training is a huge motivator because it encourages them to develop new skills and increase their personal performance. However, for training to be effective, it is important that the employee is willing to participate and commit to the experience. Although you cannot force this, there are ways to encourage it.

Here are some motivating hints:

Honesty: It is important you are honest with your employer about the training information, expectations and desired outcomes. Don’t exaggerate, dismiss problems or promise promotions if you cannot follow through.

Commitment: You must be committed to the employee to encourage the employee to be committed to the training.

Choices: Find a course that your staff is actually interested in or wants to do. Give the employee options so that they don’t feel forced or cornered. Recognise their passions, thoughts and feelings and invite their feedback.

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