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Use This Smart 4-Point Strategy to Motivate Your Employees

Let them know their hard work and emotional investment in the organization matters.

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BY Quora - 07 Feb 2019

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How does a company need to motivate its employees, and what skill does an employee need to develop for his success? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Christopher Westcott, VP, Culture and Employee Experience at the SF Fed, on Quora:

We believe that motivating people is a universal four-point formula:

  1. Purpose and Meaning: Let them know their hard work and emotional investment in the organization matters.
  2. Strong Relationships: We're social animals. Help people create shared bonds throughout your organization.
  3. Lifetime Learning: We are all looking to level-up our game, so give people opportunities to take on that next challenge and grow their skill sets.
  4. Autonomy: Let's face it, we all want the opportunity to dream big and put our ideas into play. Creating an environment where people are capable of expressing their judgment not only builds ownership within the organization but it keeps people jumping out of bed in the morning ready to tackle that next opportunity.

Our goal is to ensure that the SF Fed is a place where people can fulfill their potential and thrive in their careers. Public service is an incredible calling, and an opportunity to touch the lives of all Americans and countless global citizens. But it doesn't have to be a place that doesn't help you reach your own career aspirations or offer a great employee experience. That's why we invest in capabilities to help people see their impact on our mission, connect with each other, learn new skills, and offer their innovative ideas wherever possible.

Behind all of this, however, is finding people who have a growth mindset. A growth mindset is an understanding that abilities and intelligence can always be developed. I personally believe this is the most important skill any person looking to join the workforce can develop. Why? Because it helps us adapt, learn, and regularly grow in the midst of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Moreover, I believe that those who have a growth mindset are going to accelerate their own learning and skill development by seeking constant improvement and putting to use the new perspectives they encounter along their careers.

In fact, unlocking inclusion and diversity is a byproduct of a culture of growth mindset orientated individuals. We can never stop learning, growing, and developing. So why not use the incredible diversity of thoughts and ideas around us to build something greater than ourselves?

It's time to get curious!

This question originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. More questions:

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