Motivating our staff as Pharmacist managers or responsible pharmacists is a key challenge. Motivated employees lead to a more productive and enjoyable workforce.
There are several motivational techniques and principles, but let me share with you one quick principle which is very practical and can instantly motivate your employees
Its called the ‘Pain and pleasure principle‘. All of us are driven by pain or pleasure. I know it sounds so simplistic but its true. Everything which you are currently doing in your life right now, every action you take is either to attain some sort of pleasure or avoid some sort of pain.
For example, you may be driven to work daily to gain the pleasure of having money or to avoid the pain of not having it.
Same principle applies to motivating your employees. To motivate them, you need to link as much pleasure to what you want them to do, and as much pain to what you want them to avoid. Find out what’s important to them, what they value most and how they will get more of these by doing what you want them to do.
Here are 2 quick exercises for you
1) Spend time with you employees and find out what they each value personally
2) Link all these values in line with the goals you want them to achieve (e.g recognition, promotion, job satisfaction, pay rise, bonus etc)