Most companies get it wrong when it comes to employee motivation. Rather than worrying about what it takes to motivate employees, they need to STOP demotivating them! Most people, after all, are naturally motivated to do their best at work and contribute their ideas and passion. But far too often, employees lose that natural desire to be engaged because of the soul-sucking, spirit-crushing things leaders and organizations do, such as:
There are hundreds of fun ways to thank employees, build team spirit, celebrate success, and recognize the great contribution employees make. Here are just a few offbeat ways you could recognize your employees (excerpted from Mike’s next book, The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All The Way to The Bank):
One of my favorite quotes that captures the essence of what is wrong with so many workplaces comes from a Harvard Business Review article: “Most companies have it wrong. They don’t have to motivate their employees. They have to stop demotivating them.” It reminds me of a similar quote by the late management guru Peter Drucker, “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.”
A growing body of research suggests that the concept of “small wins” in the workplace is one of the key ingredients for successful employee motivation and one of the most effective ways to begin the process of changing your workplace culture. Small wins can have a disproportionate amount of power and influence beyond the achievement they represent.
The number one thing employees say they want more of in survey after survey is to feel appreciated.
I had a front row seat, literally, to a very unprofessional dressing down of a brand new employee on a recent Air Canada flight.
Great Ideas, for a Switch!
If you are serious about motivating people to make significant
changes in your workplace, then you absolutely need to get a hold
of the book “Switch – How to Change Things When Change is Hard,”
by Chip and Dan …
While doing another T.V. interview on “motivating employees during tough times” and “using humour in the workplace to boost morale”, I was asked if there are too many media stories about what people need to do to keep their jobs during these difficult times.