Thoughts On Employee Motivation?

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  1. Redd

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    A happy employee is an asset to the employer/business because they are more productive. It's in your best interests of an employer/business owner therefore for their employees to be fully motivated.

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    a) Are there ways you can keep employees motivated without spending money? Or spending very little money in the process?

    b) Could penalties for failing to meet goals also work as well as rewards?
     
  2. pwarbi

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    Rewards for emplees don't always have to be financial in my opinion, and you can show your appreciation in other ways. Sometimes even just showing gratitude or giving an employee extra time off or an early finish on a Friday, something like that can work as a reward or an incentive.

    These days it seems like the only interaction between employer and employee, is if something is wrong and that can be damaging to workplace moral. A simple thank you, and a pat on the back when they do something well is often all an employee needs.
     
  3. Damien Lee

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    Employees like to be respected and appreciated. Of course they need to earn this but the employer must acknowledge the hard working and dedicated employee. However, because we're going through a tough economic period I don't think it's possible to avoid additional remuneration. People are also becoming more politically radicalized in all spheres of society and the employer should be careful not to come across as a 'money-grubbing capitalist'. If that happens, it will create a very negative work environment and the business will suffer.
     
  4. m0n2k

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    Rewards could work when promotions are involved. If you want your company to meet certain goals, promoting your best employees will help you get there. This will make your employees goal orientated, looking for raises and even promotions. Some companies that sell cars, give people in other departments bonuses who send customers to salesmen when they buy a car. If you won't to reach a goal, set goals for your employees and they'll be motivated.
     
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    I have more than 50 people under me and it is not easy to manage them - they are divided into 5 sections. We have a general meeting every 2 weeks where I get the chance to bond with them. Normally it is a breakfast meeting with a budget provided by our office. For proper motivation, I give them hints on what to do and I never forget to praise those staff who made a good job. But with mistakes, I try to be careful since I don't want to hurt their feelings during a big meeting like that.
     
  6. Nox

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    The truth is people are different, they respond to different leadership styles. Some are self-motivated and ambitious while others are quite happy to go with the flow and just do the same thing pretty much every day. I recently attended a workshop facilitated by a leading firm that specialises in productivity management. The session was very interactive and what I took out of it was how important it is to aligning the goals and values of the employees with the goals of the company. When an employee understands that she matters and how her work fits into the “final product”, she is more likely to be a more productive employee. For example, instead of rewarding employees for how much time they spend at work, rather look at rewards that are linked to the success of the project that they are currently involved in.

    Disincentives are pretty tricky, personally, I would steer clear of them; it could have quite a detrimental effect on your staff and general morale in the business
     
  7. MyDigitalpoint

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    I don't believe that penalties contribute when employees fail to attain the goals of the company because far from improving, a penalty can be source of stress on their mind that, trying to avoid, makes them fail unconsciously.

    As for motivation, I remember myself back in the late 90s running a successful home-based business that eventually needed the addition of a few employees to help me out. On those days I was subscribed to Reader's Digest magazine, which usually came with good advice on this and many other topics.

    However one specific day, it came with a propaganda package. It was a company introducing a new and yet funny way to motivate employees by using Jim Unger's Herman carton strip. The company would deliver a monthly poster with a chosen strip and a motivational message that they promise would be motivating enough to increase productivity and work in good harmony.

    I tried it, and really worked! I don't remember the name of the company that used to send this and a brief Google search for it was fruitless, but yet someone could make use of Herman comic strips or any other and print them out to make a motivational message present around the place.

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  8. kaian

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    You have to know your employees well . that is the purpose of having a one on one coaching on a regular basis. You are getting to know who they are what are their aspirations, who they are as a person, what keeps them going and so on and go from there. One style or one approach may not fit all but that would not be an easy task. You can only do so much and expect there will still be some problem employees
     
  9. Nancy Olson

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    Arrange a company meeting in the hall where all the employees should be present then motivate and appreciate employees who deserve this. Motivation really works. Employees become more goal oriented after appreciation. A simple thank you will also do a job.
     
  10. HooktoWin

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    Hi Redd,

    Most people start a new job with high hopes and expectations. It's fairly common for them to be excited for one reason or another. But what happens over time?

    They lose that motivation.

    Employees are actually de-motivated. A boss demands that they stay late when they requested time off. Coworkers bully each other. The work is unfulfilling. On and on, these little things demotivate the team. At some point employees hate their job. They're miserable and if it's bad enough, they look for something else. Jim Collins went into this in his classic Good to Great.

    It seems to me that a lot of people have it backwards.

    To be fair some of these things are inevitable. There is no perfect environment; employees will experience these problems. What keeps motivation and morale high is a system that enables employees to deal with these "bumps" as they come, in a way that's best for them.

    Andrew McDermott
    HooktoWin.com
     

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