As a manager, you can’t just deny the importance of employee motivation. Not only the success but the very survival of any organization stands on its employees.
Without the employees being motivated, their engagement and productivity are likely to stay low. And as a result, for a company to move forward is not possible.
Nevertheless, it is the top leadership that must be motivated first; so to instill motivation inside the employees.
This article discusses the five most sought-after books for employee motivation.
1. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
Author: L. David Marquet
David Marquet was one of the experienced officers in the US Navy. He was later transferred as a captain in a nuclear-powered submarine.
The fleet had issues such as poor performance and worst retention.
In one of his days as the captain, Marquet unknowingly gave an order that was impossible to achieve.
This task was not only impossible but was also very dangerous upon trying.
The team, however, still tried its best in successfully following the order.
Later, Marquet got knowledge of this. And he asked his team why they did not tell him that the task had considerable risk involved.
The team replied that they were ordered to do so.
That led the author, the then US Marine officer, to come to a realization.
Marquet realized that the Marine force was in dire danger due to the traditional leader-follower culture.
This book is based on the true story of David Marquet. The story of how he went from keeping power to distributing it down to all the ranks.
This model makes everyone develop a sense of responsibility. And that results in motivating the people to work better.
2. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Author: Daniel H. Pink
As opposed to this belief that money as a reward is the highest motivating factor, Daniel H. Pink writes otherwise.
In this book, the author references the research on Employee motivation. However, Pink reveals that the organizational practices have been in total contrast.
The author concludes three elements for motivation from the research: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
This book consists of the results of scientific research on employee motivation. And it draws inferences from it.
Nevertheless, the author in this book also suggests the actions that are necessary for achieving employee motivation.
3. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
Author: Simon Sinek
Not everyone loves their job. Many of us do not.
It is similar to winning a lottery or hitting the jackpot, where only a few get lucky. And so, only a few can claim to love the job. While others just cannot.
A world where people love and are passionate about their job is not eutopic.
The reason is that many organizations have been successful in this: the book says.
It is achieved by making working together more enjoyable. Working together has been made more loveable than the job itself.
The author strongly links the motivation for work and the ability of the employees to work together.
This book suggests that for people to love their jobs, they must first love the people working there.
The author goes on to provide a reference from the Marine forces, where officers always eat last. And, therefore, the name of the book suggests the same.
In many organizations, the workplace culture is of self-interest.
Employees seldom care about the interest of their employer company, let alone of their peers’. However, in successful organizations, the workplace culture is poles apart from this.
In successful organizations, leaders tend to sacrifice their interests. They bring others to the front. They let others have the limelight. And they put themselves before others when needed.
Not only does it lead to people loving their job, but the employee motivation also reaches new heights. And this book is about the same.
4. The Enemy of Engagement: Put an End to Workplace Frustration – and Get the Most from Your Employees
Author: Mark Royal and Tom Agnew
The author in this book makes use of the latest research on employee motivation by the Hay Group.
As the name suggests, the book discusses the factors that hinder the performance and thus the motivation of employees. These factors are excessive procedures, lack of resources, overly narrow roles, etc.
Moreover, the book also proposes the necessary practices that can be used for eliminating these factors.
The author in this book reveals the results of the studies conducted by the Hay group. And in one of the studies, it was found that due to the unfavorable working conditions, the employees become unproductive.
This book also provides its readers with researched-backed tools and practices. To find and overcome the factors leading to lesser employee motivation.
5. Why We Do What We Do
Author: Edward L. Deci
Arguing against the system of rewards and punishment, the author writes that it is the autonomy that matters most, for employee motivation.
The author further writes that it is by the virtue of autonomy that motivation is instilled into the employees.
This book is a complete guide not only for the managers but the parents and teachers as well.
It is for anyone who wishes to promote efficiency and motivation by making people autonomous in their course of actions.
For an organization to be successful, its employees need to be motivated.
However, motivation starts with the top leadership first.
There are five books mentioned in this article. You may follow and practice the one that suits your organization’s structure the most.