November 5, 2008

Motivation – Cheap and Cheerful!

When you get right down to it, there are a few misunderstandings about how to get the best out of your people.

The ‘headline’ might be that the better you pay people, the more effective they will be. Maybe, the more amazing the benefits, the more likely they will be to ‘go the extra mile’.

Perhaps the possibilities for promotion would work to ensure that each one of your employees are pro-active’ and stun you with their activity.

None of this is true.

Research over a number of years with public service workers in the UK, found that those who merely felt unfairly treated were more likely to suffer serious physical and mental health problems.

The reality is that where your people feel that you and/or your organization just don’t care, they will never be as supportive of the business goals as they might be.

And all it needs is the simple things.

By saying thanks for a job well done, saying good morning at the start of work and, well, just doing a few things that show you care, you will truly have employees who will stick with you through thick and thin.

You know, it’s just about being a reasonable human being and behaving with your people as if they are like your friends.

It costs absolutely nothing, so that really should not be too much to ask for, now should it?

Filed under Developing Your People, Management Basics by Martin

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