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The Top 8 Motivational Strategies Part 1: A Sense of Belonging

Hi there! I hope that everyone is having a fabulous day. Today we’re going to go deeper into motivation by addressing the top eight motivational strategies individually. As a reminder, the strategies are as follows:

1) Sense of Belonging

2) Public Recognition

3) Private Recognition

4) Monetary Reward

5) Fear of Consequences

6) Competition

7) Significance/Purpose

8) Life Balance

Naturally, we’ll start with number one (providing a sense of belonging) and work our way down. As is the case with all eight strategies, this technique will serve to strengthen you as a leader and help you to improve the way you motivate your team. It’s tailored to those running small, family-owned businesses, so if that’s your situation this will be particularly useful. Let’s dive in!

Providing a Sense of Belonging in a Family-Owned Business

We all want to feel like there’s a place where we fit in and where we gel with those around us. It’s human nature. Nobody likes to feel out of place or as if they’re trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Every company has a culture and a status quo, a certain way that those involved in it behave. It’s important to allow your team members to be part of that and make them feel welcome. When they work hard and give good performances, it’s crucial to provide your employees with welcoming and comradery. This provides an extra incentive to do their absolute best.

If you’re in a family-owned business, this might seem easy. You work with people you’ve known your entire life, and you might share a lot of daily activities together such as meals and household chores. That said, it’s important to make sure that you offer a sense of belonging in a business setting. You want something that’s related to work and isn’t dependent upon your personal relationships. More importantly, you want an atmosphere that’s accessible to anyone who becomes involved in the company, since some family-owned businesses take on team members from outside the family.

You can provide a sense of belonging through verbally encouraging people, taking them out to lunch, making time to celebrate what they’ve accomplished, and creating an inclusive environment. Anything that involves giving attention to your team members or enjoying shared experiences and quality-time can create a sense of belonging.

I strongly encourage you to try this motivational tactic in your small business. Feel free to comment and let me know about your results. What gives one person a sense of belonging might not do so for another, so it’s important to check in with those you work with and see what makes them feel part of the team. The next post is going to address number two of the top eight motivational strategies, so please join me again for that. Until then, have a better than amazing day!