Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Strategies for Motivating Employees

Strategies for Motivating EmployeesHow to identify unmotivated employees and help them become motivated nigh strategies for managers.An employee who is well motivated is able to produce better results quicker and is also much more creative. There are many b other(a)s that exist in the workplace. motive is a subject that everyone will come across and it is common to be placed in a situation where you will need to work with a colleague or subordinate who suffers from a miss of motivation. It is important for an employer to know how to deal and overcome any issues arising from motivational problems so they can make the to the highest degree of their most important asset (their employees) this paper will look to analyse and overcome these problems.The first thing an employer necessarily to do is tolerate a wee understanding of what motivation is. Wikipedia defines motivation as having the en depone and willingness to do something (Wikipedia, 2007). One book states Motivation is a state of readiness or eagerness to change, which may fluctuate from one time or situation to another, This state is one that can be influenced (Motivation, Rob Long 2005). Taking that into account a fully grown American Psychologist, Abraham H Maslow (1908-1970) the inventor of Maslows Motivation Theory, stated that mans behaviour is controlled by intragroup and External forces. This report will focus heavily on the ingrained and External forces as they are extremely pertinent to understanding differences in motivation problems. Which leads to my personal definition of motivation as having the willingness, eagerness or desire to change or to do something that you need or are required to do by factors and influences that are not all External (environment) , but Internal (feelings, emotions) as well. Understanding that motivation also comes down to the individual and how they react and relate to certain situations is very important as well.Some possible signs that an employee is low-down from motivational problems are that their productivity is low, they have a lot of sick days and they look cheerless. At this point a manager may be thinking about why you should bother about motivating employees that are already paid to do the job that is required of them. A manager needs to forget any negative thoughts towards an employee and do what is best for the employee as they are the most important asset any company has.One article states that a common mistake when dealing with motivation problems is to quickly jump ahead to solutions without knowing what is causing the problem (Motivation Management, Green, 2000). If a manager has limited knowledge of the employees problem you are probably less likely to be successful in helping that employee than if you investigate the situation with the employee. If a manager can see that an employee looks unhappy the best thing for a manager to do is talk to him or her. Any relationship counsellor will tell you how importan t communication is organism it in a professional or personal relationship.Motivation Management states that there are three types of motivation problems lack of confidence, lack of assert and lack of satisfaction (Motivation Management, Green, 2000). After researching I have found it valid and essential to add a fourth motivational problem being lack of hope. I will compare these problems with Maslows Internal and External forces theory. If an employee has a lack of hope (neither influence) they have no will to succeed in or do the job. This could beginning from any other motivational problem but is to a point where the employee will never (mangers opinions may vary) be able to be wrenched around. Whilst this happens only in extreme cases it is something that can be identified, investigated (sit down with the employee and ask why it has come to this) and prevented from happening again. If a manager is experiencing multiple cases of lack of hope, maybe other sources could be looke d at such as Human Resources and Recruitment. All the motivation in the world wont make great deal stay, if youve hired the wrong people says Terry Harris President of Chicago Consulting (Motivating Customer Service Employees, Harps 1993). If an employee has lack of confidence (internal influence) he or she does not have enough trust or belief in his or her abilities. This is very self explanatory in this situation you are better off giving the employee some responsibility which in turn helps them overcome their confidence issues. Be sure to be there to assist as they will probably require your guidance from time to time. If an employee has lack of trust (both internal and external influences) they dont have enough faith in something generally an employee will have a lack of trust in an employer or manager. Empowering Supervisors by Ern Prentice Gordon Rabey state that an employees performance largely depends on the competence and effectiveness of their immediate supervisor. Most books on motivation or empowerment persist to agree on the fact that if you have a weak/incompetent leader, that your overall motivation will be low. Managers can also have a lack of trust towards their employees. The most common time this would occur would be in a strict and well disciplined working environment. An American pulverization company called Nucor introduced a management style which saw an increase of profit and dividends to shareholders exceed almost 400%. They ensured managers abandoned the command and control model (charismatic approach) of lead and go towards a worker responsibility environment. They also ensured that they shared corporate wealth with their employees. (The Art of motivation, 2006). Using the Nucor example we can determine that employees will trust a manager if the manager takes the first step and shows trust towards the employee first. This creates trust for the employee and helps eliminate any mistrust that might have existed. An example for a m anager to create trust could be to (where possible) let the employee set their own working hours or days, and give them flexibility with rules in the workplace, and have them aware of repercussions if they fail to examine any reasonable deadlines they themselves set out. If an employee has lack of satisfaction then they are generally not happy with the external influences revolving around their job role. Psychologist Frederick I Herzberg (1923-2000) introduced the incentive Hygiene Theory, which states that demotivators (Isolation, poor working conditions continual pressure) need to be reduced and motivators ( replete(p) pay, controlling own work (empowerment) and varied work) need to be increased. Some ship canal to increase satisfaction is to have an emphasis on teamwork and helping each other. It is important to ensure that employees feel they are a part of the greater good of the company and that without their input and work deadlines would be missed. Whilst pay and benefits are a good way to increase job satisfaction many surveys and research would betoken it is less important to employees. One study of what motivates 31 000 men ad 13 000 women employed in the Minneapolis Gas Company between 1945-1965 shows that pay was not among the top factors but Security, advancement, type of work and being a part of a company they are proud to work for were. (http//www.accel-team.com/motivation/index.html)Managers should now have a good understanding of how motivation works in the workplace and where to start should an employee have a motivational problem. It is very important however to retrieve to talk to an employee, as communication is the most important aspect in any working relationship and as a manager you are trustworthy for taking the first step every time.References in Alphabetical OrderMaslow, A.H (1943) Conflict, frustration and the theory of threat. J.abnorm. (soc.) Psychol, 1943, 38, 81-86.ATHERTON J S (2005) Learning and Teaching Motivation On-l ine UK ready(prenominal) http//www.learningandteaching.info/learning/motivation.htm Accessed 25 March 2007HERZBERG F (1966) Work and the Nature of Man Cleveland World Publishing CompanyLeslie Hansen Harps (1993) Motivating Customer Service Employees The cutomer service Empowering Supervisors by Ern Prentice Gordon RabeyThe art of motivation, Business week, New york (May 1st 2006) Iss 3982 pg 56.http//www.accel-team.com/motivation/index.html 2007MOTIVATION 2020 or how to constitute and properly motivate a successful and efficacious work team in 2020? What factors will influence an employees satisfaction and motivation in 2020? Teodora PaligorovaWikipedia

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