Nearly every manager finds himself or herself thinking about their employee’s lackadaisical attitude. What may seem like laziness may indeed be low self confidence due to past mistakes, an aggressive management practice, or even a feeling that their job may not be as secure as they’d like it to be. A number of factors can influence performance at the workplace that are simply out of the control of even the most effective manager. Before giving up on that ineffective employee, however, investing a little time in looking at ways to improve employee motivation may be a good idea. Though the art of management is evolving and improving every day, some have found a simple three step process that can bring even the most troubling employee out of their apathy and put them on the course to being effective, productive employees. What are these “simple” steps? Involve, Direct, Reward.
No one performs well when they feel outcast and uninvolved. Letting employees know that they play a large part in the success or failure of their employer and incorporating them into the structure of daily management operations can have a huge impact on the level of motivation that each employee displays. How an employer involves their staff is a matter of choice. Some choose to create weekly meetings in which employees can share ideas and voice complaints. Others decide that giving each employee a stake in the company can work wonders. One of the newest and most effective ways of involving employees is through the use of a spin wheel. Sound crazy? It’s not as complicated as it may sound. People work harder and smarter when they feel comfortable in their environment. By providing a little fun and direction with the use of a prize wheel, managers often witness remarkable improvements in employee motivation.
A little guidance can go a long way. Some employees are so afraid of their managers that making even the smallest decision is like having their teeth pulled. They need their job and they are afraid to jeopardize their income with the wrong decision. Letting employees know that they are appreciated as intelligent decision makers can go a long way in improving the quality and efficiency of every employee, from upper management to labor positions. A prize wheel can be used to divide responsibilities, choose topics at a weekly meeting, or even to reward the more hardworking employees.
Like any activity, work should be rewarded with more than just a paycheck. Humans are social creatures that deserve respect and appreciation when they consistently do a good job. This sort of social praise can greatly increase employee motivation and result in a dramatic increase in the quality of the finished product or service. Remember, employees play the most important roles in any company. With a little respect and appreciation, they can often cause a company to grow and prosper, even in tough economic conditions.