5 Secrets Your Employees Won’t Tell You
Do your employees seem lazy, moody or resistant to doing what the company needs them to do? Believe it or not, money is not a motivator for them. According to many studies conducted with thousands of people, money is about # 6 out of 10.
The 5 Secrets
1. They want you to notice them and appreciate the work they do.
Acknowledgement, appreciation and rewards are still the best way to motivate the people who work for you. There are simple, effective ways to acknowledge good work.
2. They need you to listen to what they have to say and consider their ideas – even be asked for their ideas.
Most people want to feel they’re making a contribution to their company. As they focus their efforts in their area of work, they think of suggestions for improvement as well as ideas for new processes.
3. They want to know what’s happening: Any changes? Something new? What do you need from them?
One director of a department I worked with found out about a big building project his organization was about to undertake by reading about it in the paper. He was deflated and even a little numb about it. He shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘Oh well, I guess they are not interested in how I could have helped them.’
4. They expect you to be honest with them.
Sincerity and authenticity are perceived or felt at an intuitive or ‘gut’ level. If there is a big change coming and you are not able to be open with them, communicate with them as much as you can to keep down rumors. If you leave an information vacuum, they will fill it with the worst possible things and create reasons why.
5. They want you to respect and support (stand by) them.
If you can do that, they will be loyal and committed to doing their very best.
It is amazing what people will tolerate in a workplace if they are respected, supported, and informed. Some of my clients’ people were paid less than the industry standard and yet they stayed. They have told me that they felt their job was important and the company needed them. Wow!
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Ann is an expert in developing leaders, business strength, and profits for companies.
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