The Power of Positive Motivation in the Workplace

by Jason Richmond, CEO and Chief Culture Officer at Ideal Outcomes, Inc.

When it comes to motivating employees, employers have a few different options. They can offer financial incentives like raises or bonuses, or non-financial incentives, like paid time off or company-sponsored events.
Another way to motivate employees is through positive motivation, which focuses on helping them feel good about their work and fostering a sense of encouragement and acknowledgment in the workplace.
In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of positive motivation and how you can use it to motivate your team.

What Does Positive Motivation Look Like?

When used effectively, positive motivation can help employees feel appreciated and valued, leading to higher levels of satisfaction and productivity. It can also help create a positive company culture that is more enjoyable for everyone.
There are many different ways to use positive motivation in the workplace. It could look like:
  • Encouraging employees to set personal goals and then celebrating when they reach those goals
  • Giving employees opportunities to learn new skills
  • Recognizing employees for their hard work and achievements, both publicly and privately
  • Creating an employee experience that is fun and enjoyable for everyone
  • Helping employees see how their work contributes to the bigger picture

There are endless opportunities—and benefits—when it comes to practicing positive motivation in the workplace. 

The Benefits of Positive Motivation in the Workplace

Positive motivation can have a number of benefits for employees and employers alike, including:

Increased Productivity

When workers feel appreciated and supported in their efforts, they’re more likely to be productive. This can increase output, lower expenses, and result in a better customer experience.

Improved Work Quality

Motivated employees are more likely to produce high-quality work. They feel a sense of pride in their work and are more likely to take care in its completion.

Higher Morale

When workers feel appreciated, they’re more likely to enjoy their job and feel a sense of loyalty to their employer. This can impact company culture as a whole and lead to lower rates of absenteeism and turnover.

Increased Profits

The increased employee productivity and improved work quality that comes with motivated employees often lead to decreased expenses and increased profits for employers.

Greater Creativity

When employees feel motivated and encouraged to think outside the box and share their ideas, they’re more likely to come up with new, innovative solutions. 


It's not uncommon for workplace leaders to feel the need to micromanage employees who seem unmotivated. When employees are motivated and engaged, they’re more likely to take initiative and be proactive, freeing up managers to focus on other business-critical tasks.

Improved Employee Retention

When employees are motivated and feel valued in their roles, they’re less likely to leave for greener pastures. This improved retention can save time and money in the long run.

Enhanced Brand Image

The way consumers see your business is vital to helping you achieve success. If your company is known for being a great, upbeat, and motivating place to work, you'll have an easier time attracting top talent and customers. 

How to Lead with Positive Motivation

As a leader, one of your most important responsibilities is to motivate your employees. When you do this, your workforce is more productive, creative, and engaged, and your business can realize the many benefits explored above.

There are a few key things you can do to maintain a positive and motivated workplace:

1. Encourage Employees and Recognize a Job Well Done

Many employees thrive on feedback and recognition from their leaders. Make it a point to give employees specific and sincere praise for a job well done. This will not only make them feel appreciated, but it will also motivate them to continue doing their best work.
Moreover, this can have a positive effect on your workplace as a whole, as it creates a positive atmosphere where employees feel appreciated and have confidence in their abilities.

2. Offer Opportunities for Employees to Learn and Grow in Their Roles

One of the biggest motivators for employees is feeling like they’re always learning and growing in their roles. As a leader, you can facilitate this by offering opportunities for employees to attend workshops, take on new assignments, or shadow someone in a different department.

When employees have the opportunity to learn and improve, they’re more likely to be engaged in their work and motivated to do their best.

3. Encourage Open Communication and Collaboration

When employees feel like they can openly communicate with their leaders and each other, it fosters a more positive and collaborative workplace. Make sure your employees know they can come to you with any concerns or suggestions they have, and foster an environment where employees feel comfortable working together.

Make it a point to encourage employees to share their ideas and give feedback openly. You can also create opportunities for collaboration by forming teams for specific projects.

4. Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Leaders set the tone for their employees, so it’s important to encourage a healthy work-life balance. When employees feel like their leaders care about them both inside and outside of work, it can go a long way.

Make sure your employees know that you want them to have a healthy work-life balance, and offer support if they’re struggling to achieve it. This might mean offering flexible hours, the ability to work from home, or encouraging them to take breaks during the day. 

5. Address Negativity and Conflict Head-On

Negativity and conflict can quickly de-motivate a workplace. When these situations arise, address them head-on. Foster an open and positive environment where employees feel comfortable discussing issues and working together to determine the best way forward.

Harnessing the Power of a Motivated Workforce

A motivated workforce is essential to the success of any business. By fostering an encouraging work environment, you can help your employees do their best work and find fulfillment in their roles. This not only benefits your team, but also has positive implications for the business’s bottom line.

If you could use some guidance in fostering a more positive and motivating workplace, contact Ideal Outcomes today. We help organizations create a competitive advantage and improve business performance through culture evolution.