On Tuesday we shared five of ten tips from executive coach, Thomas Haizlip’s (2008) article entitled, “Employee Motivation – 10 Tips to Boost Job Performance.” The article is meant to help leaders motivate employees to achieve higher performance levels. Today we conclude our discussion on this topic by sharing the last 5 tips of his article.
6. Increased Responsibility
“We all know that some employees lack ambition and have no desire to advance on the job, but the vast majority of workers want a chance to take on more responsibility and add more value to the organization. Always be aware of opportunities for training that will equip your employees with the skills and tools they will need to advance in their career. Always try to fill open positions with internal applicants before looking for an outside candidate. This will create a culture of career development and preserve institutional memory and organizational knowledge so that it can be transferred to rising employees as they advance in their own career.”
7. Good Wages
“Robert Bosch, founder of the world’s largest automobile parts supplier, said, ‘I do not pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.’ If you want motivated, high productive employees you have to pay such people according to their ability and performance. Good employees are motivated by more than just good wages, but never allow low wages to be the wedge a competitor can use to steal away your best people.”
8. Good Working Conditions
“If you want to get the most out of people you need to create an environment that facilitates success. At the minimum, you must offer a safe, clean, and sanitary work site. To get the most out of employees, help them take pride in their work space even if it is only a cubicle or workstation. Allow people to personalize their own work sites with photos or small trinkets so they will feel like they have a place that belongs solely to them.”
9. Being Part of a Team
“Being part of a dysfunctional team is an emotionally draining experience that results in low morale, low productivity, and high turnover. The great coach, Vince Lombardi, once remarked, ‘Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.’ We are all social beings and we all want to be part of a healthy team where we can give and receive support, help, and encouragement. Organizations can harness this natural human desire by aligning employee efforts to achieve goals that are mutually beneficial to both the organization and its employees.”
10. Help with Personal Problems
How many times have you heard about a bad boss who told their employees to leave their problems at the door so they could focus on their job? Unfortunately, they probably left their motivation and productivity at the door as well. Smart managers know that it is not their job to be a counselor or therapist, but it is there job to recognize when one of their employees is having personal problems that are affecting their job performance. They need to have open lines of honest communication so that employees can feel encouraged to ask for help and then be directed to their Human Resources Department or their Employee Assistance Programs” (Haizlip, 2008).
Well that’s it for this week. Until next time … stay organized!
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale
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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