Happy New Year Everyone! We’re back today with new posts after taking some time off for the winter break. This week the topic of focus is centered on how leaders can increase employee performance by utilizing the power of motivation.
When I studied organizational behavior for my Master’s degree at Ashford University, we were asked to focus our research work on the power of motivation. In doing so, I discovered a wonderful article called, “Employee Motivation – 10 Tips to Boost Job Performance,” written by executive coach, Thomas Haizlip. The article revealed 10 Tips to help leaders motivate employees and increase their productivity.
In the article, Haizlip purports that employee motivation and productivity can be enhanced and improved when leaders create work arenas that maximize the various components which affect performance outcomes. These components are easy to comprehend, simple to observe and measure, and add enormous value to any leader open to utilizing them. Below are five of Haizlip’s 10 tips which he suggests will help leaders inspire their employees to become energized and motivated to produce the best outcomes possible.
1. Interesting Work
“Intrinsic motivation comes from the shear joy and pleasure of doing a task. When you read a great book, no one has to pay for each page you read. It is a pleasure to learn how the story unfolds and watch the plot develop. It is the same way with employee motivation. To maximize employee performance, find out what employees like about their jobs and then try to add more tasks that align with their own natural interests and talents.”
2. Appreciation & Recognition
“William James said, ‘The deepest desire in human nature is to be appreciated.’ It does not matter how much you pay someone, everyone want to know that their efforts are being seen and appreciated, especially by their manager. Don’t just send them a thank you e-mail – that just means you care enough to hit the ‘Enter’ key. If you really want to thank someone buy them a real ‘Thank You’ card and describe how their behavior and performance has added value to the team and organization. Make it a point to catch people doing things right and they will inevitably do things right more often.”
3. Feeling Involved In the Work Process
“Research shows that when people get to participate in creating a system or process, they are much more likely to follow it than one simply imposed upon them by an outside expert. Recognize that the people doing the job have the knowledge of how things can be done better, faster, and cheaper. If you want them to tell you, then make it easy for them to offer suggestions and reward employees who contribute ideas that add value to the bottom line.”
“Napoleon once remarked, ‘It is amazing how willing men are to risk their lives for a little bit of tin and ribbon to wear upon their chest.’ Awards and prizes can serve as a great motivator to harness the power of healthy competition. It is always better to use rewards that are meaningful and inspiring. When an employee exceeds your expectations, then make sure you recognize their achievement. On the day someone retires, they will pack up these awards and prizes to serve as fond reminders of a wonderful career.”
5. Job Security
“If everybody had what it takes to be an entrepreneur, then there would be no General Electric or Toyota and we would all be buying products from artisans and craft workers. Thankfully, many people prefer to be part of a large organization and can be more productive when they get to focus on doing their job instead of worrying about developing a business plan or marketing strategy. Telling people that they are lucky to have a job creates an atmosphere of fear and worry that decreases job performance. Instead, tell your employees that the company is lucky to have such a skilled and committed workforce and people will take pride in their work and their company” (Haizlip, 2008).
On Thursday, we will conclude this discussion with Haizlip’s last 5 tips to increase employee performance harnessing the power of motivation. Until then … stay organized!
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Nikos Kazantzakis
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Haizlip, T. (2008, February 26). Employee motivation: 10 tips to boost job performance. Retrieved March 7, 2015, from Ezine@rticles.com: http://ezinearticles.com/?Employee-Motivation—10-Tips-to-Boost-Job-Performance&id=1011144