Motivation starts at the top

Posted by | February 26, 2014 | Employers, General, Recruiters, Training, Update

Managers and proprietors say it all the time: People are our greatest asset.

It must be true because people wouldn’t be employed if they weren’t essential to the business, its purpose and its profits.

So, how do you maintain your investment in an employee’s skills, time and wages so the business can continue to profit?

The first part is to acknowledge that, whether it’s one employee or a thousand, each is different and each has different motivations – because there are many motivations – or at least the spectrum of motivations in different ratios.

Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But how does it affect the relationship that each employer has with his or her workers or staff?

First matter to be aware of is that you will favour your “darlings”, those who are productive, convivial and, often, those with whom you have the greatest rapport for both business and personal reasons.

That’s good for the chosen one or ones, but it can leave everyone else out in the cold. Remember to be inclusive of all on your team, and spend a little extra time with those who are down on par.

Coaching, encouragement, time to listen are all likely to build rapport so each has a better understanding of the objectives and abilities of the other.

Your employee is, after all, looking to the boss for leadership.

Equally important, build the team and build the team so it builds itself. Let those who have the capacity step up to leadership functions, especially in team-building exercises where that leadership is coming from a peer.

Give opportunities at whatever level the individual is capable of succeeding, and give the tools for that success, however modest.

This has a consequence – the notion that the employees are contributing in a greater than nuts and bolts kind of way and, in the process, you might identify or unleash true leadership or other creative abilities that weren’t noticed before.

Team building is often associated with “game” to test and display leadership and initiative, but simple workplace team building can be as basic as routine meetings at which people are encouraged and free to express ideas.

Ground rules should always include a primary condition; there are no bad ideas – only ideas that need refinement or whose time has not yet come.

Now try it. See how it works.

And we’ll have another episode in next month’s eNews.

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