What Really Motivates Workers
March 8, 2010 in Spotted Ideas
Top 1 in Harvards Business Reviews Top Ten Breakthrough Ideas for 2010.
Managers think that the best way to motivate your troupes is the classical recognition, incentives or interpersonal support but they are wrong. You have to look at your employees on a day to day basis, recent surveys have shown that the most important thing for employees is PROGRESS. Yes not all those end of year incentives and bullshit congratulation they don’t care. They want to achieve the goals set and improve during the process. When employees sens they are improving and making progress it is at this moment that their drive to succeed is at its peak.
what you must NOT do to achieve that?
Avoid CHANGING GOALS autocratically, Avoid BEING INDECISIVE, Avoid HOLDING UP RESOURCES—> as it cuts any kind of progress thus creates huge disappointment from workforce. Setbacks have huge impacts on motivation, bad events have much more impact than good ones.
What must you DO do achieve that?
- Proactively create the perception and reality of progress.
- Take create care of clarify overall goals.
- Ensure support is accessible at all times to avoid frustration.
- Don’t emphasize on major gliches use them as learning opportunities
- Cultivate a culture of helpfulness between employees even roll your sleeves up and pitch in.
- Celebrate progress as it is proven it lifts employees. Recognition can’t happen everyday but progress can. If not people are not genuinely moving forward then there is nothing to celebrate.