A manager is challenged with getting employees to complete assigned tasks on time and in an efficient manner. There are several different tactics used to accomplish this depending on the manager. Motivating employees to exceed far beyond expectations is not something to be taken lightly or treated as if it will automatically happen at all times. This is why it is also important to understand that a manager is not necessarily always a good leader. A good leader who is also a manager has the power to not only direct people but also influence positive behaviors. The best way to foster an environment of success is to gain a greater perspective on how each individual employee responds to direction. Finding out what motivates each individual employee such as salary, recognition or engagement helps to establish a better level of communication between management and teams. In this day and age, there is still high performance employee turnover and treating employees with minimal respect is not a way to keep great employees from leaving a company.
1. True Open Door Policy- There are some managers who say there is an open door policy in which employees can voice concerns but when an employee does valid issues and concerns are ignored.
2. Set Employees Up to Win- Managers need to always being willing to supply employees with the tools and resources required to successfully deliver quantifiable results.
3. Have Periodic Team Meetings- Team meetings are a great way to engage employees in the progress of the organization and any new performance expectations that occur.
4. Allow Employees Express Ideas and Opinions-Technology is constantly changing and organizations need to become forward thinkers in order to globally compete. Employees should be allowed to express creative and innovative ideas in order to improve the processes and the techniques used to complete assignments. A manager should be very supportive of employees’ ideas and provide direction when necessary.
5. Support Career Growth and Development- Employees should be allowed to have consistent career discussions with management to further support employee development. Depending on the organization, tuition reimbursement and classes can be offered to employees.
Managers must recognize the value of employees on an individual level to retain top level talent. Overall, according to Cam Marston in the Motivating the What’s in it for me Workplace?, “Individuality has taken root in our society, and today’s employees expect to be treated as unique and special individuals.”