Managers should never manipulate employees to attain a certain level of performance and the challenge is knowing how to ethically motivate and encourage behavior that produces the results any company hopes to achieve.
Here are a few ideas to help employees perform to their highest potential.
Employees need to know why the work needs to be completed, what the goal is, and how they can contribute. Management should share their vision and how each employee contributes to the overall success.
Opportunities to advance usually correlate with improved performance. Allowing employees to determine how they can improve their job and build challenges for the future should be encouraged. This can raise overall standards.
3. Clarify compensation
Performance increases when employees understand their work is compensated commensurate with contributions made to the business. Communicate with employees so they understand how performance is measured and rewarded.
4. Seek Input
Management does not always have to develop the answers. If you enlist support from employees that will generate increased enthusiasm and commitment.
5. Build employee confidence and loyalty
Encourage positive communication among all employees and eliminate where possible negative criticism of staff and their work. Develop goals that challenge staff without creating unreasonable demands and trust employees to participate in goal setting. If employees own the objectives they will gain greater feelings of achievement and this buy-in also develops stronger loyalty to the firm.
6. Include opportunities to learn, fail, and grow.
Employees are motivated by learning. Sometimes this involves taking risks and perhaps failing. This can be a positive experience for the business and the employee if the lesson learned helps move the business forward in an atmosphere where employees are encourage to continue efforts to improve.
These are but a few opportunities to provide a work environment that can challenge employees to play an increasingly important role in growing the business. Take the opportunity to grow the business and employees together.
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