Having Problems Motivating Your Employees?
Motivating employees is a skill you need to have in your toolbox, yet sometimes no matter what you do it doesn’t seem to make a difference. First, motivation is the responsibility of both the employee and employer. You can offer lots of great benefits and opportunities and if an employee isn’t motivated, then it’s time for a heart-to-heart conversation with this person.
On the flip side you can de-motivate an employee by your actions or not acting. It’s helpful to have a simple checklist on motivating employees to use to elevate employee’s performance.
Read the following post from Whitestone Partners about “Motivating Employees.” The question asked was how to keep employees excited about their work…how do you motivate them? This post addresses the three major motivators: compensation, contribution and recognition.
Compensation and benefits are major expenses for companies. First view your compensation and benefits to see if they are competitive with the rest of your industry. Incentive programs, which reside under compensation, have to be frequent and attached to a specific deliverable. That’s why sales people strive because their commission plans are tied to their revenue contribution. Yearly incentive plans may or may not be enough to increase motivation. Sometimes they are seen by employees as an entitlement because it’s over a year’s period.
Contribution is an important ingredient in an employee’s happiness with their job. All employees, unless they are demotivated, want to contribute to the success of the company.
Recognition is a very important ingredient in motivating employees. Managers don’t utilize this action enough and it is so powerful when it is specific to the behavior or performance by the employee. Employees will go the extra mile when they are legitimately recognized for work well done. This motivator has no financial costs to it and actually enhances the bottom line of a company.
How do you motivate your employees?
Ways To Motivate Your Employees
Motivating Your Employees
Are Your De-Motivating Your Employees?