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Four Elements that Createa Motivational Environment
Managers oten wonder why their employees seem to lackmotivation. Ironically, it’s not because employees areapathetic or unwilling but because o well-intentionedmanagerial actions that—more oten than not—de-motivateemployees.Here’s an example: to reward John or his superb handlingo a complicated project, his manager gives him a newassignment that oers great opportunity. Later, walkingpast John’s cubicle, his manager overhears a coworkercongratulating John or landing such a terric project butis then taken aback by John’s response: “That’s all veryattering, but I’m the one who has to tell my amily that it’slate nights and weekends in the ofce again! It seems thepayback or doing great work here is to get more piled on.”In another scenario, Pat is taking on a new role that will buildher project management skills and committee experience.She suggests to her manager that it would be most eectiveto meet with the end users and do a needs assessment beorebeginning the project. Despite some private misgivings, themanager allows Pat to proceed. However, upon presentingthe results o the assessment, her manager realizes that Patcontacted the wrong individuals and promised things shecan’t possibly deliver. Fortunately, the mistakes are caughtbeore any problems can arise, but her manager’s only choiceis to tell her to start over. Ater a ew weeks with no newresults, her manager can only assume that—even given theopportunity to correct her mistakes—Pat isn’t motivatedenough to go back and do a better job.In these examples, the managers didn’t consider the needso the individuals and align their actions accordingly. ForJohn, his reward o “more work”—however great the careeropportunity—was completely at odds with his amily’s needs.In Pat’s case, had her manager provided clearer direction andcommunication regarding expectations at the start, or evenbetter eedback at the end, it would have produced a betteroutcome.Fortunately, there are our very clear elements managers canapply to set the right goals and establish an environment thatwill motivate sta at both an organizational
individuallevel.Moreimportantly, taking these actions tells employeesthat you are accessible as a person—not just as a manager—when they need you.
This month, our
article focuses on how tomotivate your employees from both an organizational perspectiveand an individual one as well. Author Mimi Banta, a consultantspecializing in Human Performance Improvement (HPI), offersa clear methodology to achieve both.
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