by Vasco Duarte
A while ago I wrote about the organization of the future and what role the employee would play in it. The conclusion: Companies need creative and innovative people and in order to keep them, they need to make all those workers Happy Melly’s. But how does motivating employees work? This article called Today’s Most Satisfied Employees Demand These 4 Things by Andre Lovoie on entrepreneur.com has a couple of great tips. I added a fifth one, because I think it’s at least as important as the other four. Let’s go through them.
1. Intrinsic motivation over money
Yes! We’ve talked about this a quazillion times: money is not only a very bad reward, but also the quickest way to kill motivation. The good news: with intrinsic motivators like acknowledgement, freedom, order, and so on, you can work wonders. Also important; Andre tells us that “25% of employees believed they would be more satisfied with their job if they had a better relationship with their manager.” I can imagine…
2. Let people do what they do best and let them improve on that
People want to be valued. Whether you clean the toilets or you are in control of new business, you need appreciation. For managers it’s key to give their people the appreciation they deserve.
3. Align the goals of employees and the company
Of course, every business has a goal. It gives direction and helps keeping the company healthy. But people and teams have goals, too. Find out what those are and find ways to make all those different goals go together like coffee and cookies.
4. Let informal learning happen
According to Andre ”nearly 70% of learning happens informally while on the job”. His advice: give people room to learn new things. Some work might take a little more time this way, but in the end it will pay off. Not only in terms of better work, but also in terms of happier people.
As I said before, I added a fifth tip to Andre’s four. It’s something I would certainly demand from my boss if I had one:
5. Treat people like you want to be treated
Of course, there’s lead by example, practice what you preach and stuff like that. And yes, that’s very important. But for me the most important thing is: try to say ‘thank you, you did a great job’ every now and then. We all need it, you know you do. And trust me, you’ll be surprised by the results.
Image: Orin Zebest, Creative Commons 2.0