Career Journal: How to Motivate Employees
The Wall Street Journal - 08/12/2013
Employees who are not enthusiastic about their work can be a big problem for managers. These employees are not only less productive, but their lack of motivation for tasks can also affect the morale of the rest of the team, say human resources experts.
Here are some tips for managers to keep their employees motivated at work:
Consult: “Why are owners [of businesses] always motivated?” asked Leonard Glick, business professor at Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Because it’s their company so they care about making it a success, according to Mr. Glick.
Managers should try to instill a similar sense of ownership among employees, so that they care enough to make it a success, the professor added.
One of the ways to do this is by explaining to employees how their work impacts the business. When new employees join, they should be told not only what their job is, but how it fits into what the company does.
Mr. Glick says managers don’t realize that employees are sometimes clueless about the company’s direction, or why they are working on a particular project.
He advises managers to take time to have periodic meetings with their team to share any changes taking place in the company and to help them understand the business in the bigger picture.
This in turn will help to make the company more cohesive.
Employees can have valuable perspectives on the project they are working on or other strategy decisions, and consulting them shows staff that their opinions matter.