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How to Motivate Your Subordinates to Achieve Organizational Goals

Organizations rely on good managerial skills to propel them toward profitability. Leaders may ensure that they realize organizational goals by motivating their subordinates. Motivated employees may develop greater job satisfaction and be more productive than demoralized ones. As a manager, you may desire to motivate your employees, but you may lack the knowledge or expertise to do so. The following ideas may provide you with what you need to keep your subordinate workers motivated.

Give Rewards

Most people enjoy being rewarded, as they may feel that their efforts are not in vain. Subordinates at the workplace, for example, may try even harder to please their managers when their contribution to the company receives recognition. You may give various kinds of rewards, including cash bonuses, pay rises, free time away, or certificates of recognition. Such rewards may encourage a healthy competition among employees at all levels. The amount of money your organization spends may be negligible compared to the increased productivity it may experience.

Be a Role Model

A manager should be on his or her best behavior when carrying out duties at work, because other people may be watching. Aside from your superiors who may be observing your actions to ensure you don’t compromise the integrity of your position, subordinates may survey your actions to find flaws. If you maintain the best behavior, they may seek to emulate you. In contrast, you may find it difficult to enforce disciplinary measures effectively if you failed to adhere to the same rules. Your junior employees may not be inspired to work extra hard if they perceive you as a leader who lacks energy.


Gone are the days when the relationship between managers and subordinates was comparable to master-slave relationships. Nowadays, employees have more rights than they did decades or centuries ago. Companies are increasingly expecting their managers to foster healthy relationships with their subordinates by showing mutual respect. Employees may be more likely to perform better if their leaders respect them, as they may feel appreciated and consider themselves as a part of the organization.

Have Empathy

Your subordinates may be motivated if you show empathy for their problems. Before you decide to berate or fire an employee for a mistake, you should establish why they acted contrary to the organizational rules. An employee may be a perennial latecomer, for example, because of personal or family issues. You should show your subordinates that you are willing to listen to their personal and work-related problems. If you are detached from the issues facing your employees, you will find it hard to appeal to their sense of motivation for the sake of the company. Many managers organize occasional get-togethers with their staff to iron out issues affecting them.


You will be thrilled to see your subordinates becoming more motivated if you apply these suggestions. Some of these tips may require you to make slight personality changes for the sake of the organization. However, most of these points are easy to implement if you are determined to improve the performance and lives of your subordinates.

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