| Hi Taylor
- Any ideas for workplace motivation? Really trying to avoid being
the type of boss who everyone fears, but I've also got a few workers
I feel like might be slacking. - Presley
Hi Presley - It's a fine line between feeling overly authoritative
and showing workers that you mean business. It's always good to avoid
playing bad cop, so here are a few approaches that might help you
things up. When workers start feeling stagnant, their work
usually suffers. You can combat this by giving people new assignments
or just switching small things around, like where someone's desk
is. It's often as simple as getting a person's brain reengaged.
For some, a little more responsibility might improve their overall
efforts. If you have a worker with a few jobs and no firm timetables,
give him or her something that needs to be done on a weekly basis.
Assuming they want to keep their job, they'll take on the new
project and the added structure might help with the rest of their
2. Walk in their shoes. Business owners are committed to doing
everything right because all the mistakes end up on our desks
one way or another. As more procedures get added to the daily
agenda, it can be easy to lose sight of what anything means to
the workers tasked with carrying out these duties. If you have
someone importing details that seem insignificant, you need to
think about how to either make that work feel more meaningful
or decide if maybe it doesn't need to be done. Don't assign jobs
for the sake of making people work, but rather because accomplishing
those things will help the company and everyone around. The more
you can make people feel like part of a team and not just an insignificant
laborer, the better you can expect their work to be.
3. Encourage productivity. I've got a post up on GoFarWithKovar.com
that highlights different reasons for substandard productivity.
It might be that your workers just need a nudge in the right direction,
or perhaps you could buy some software that would help streamline
projects and make things run more smoothly. If everything feels
tedious, people's brains start to shut down and producing consistent,
quality work becomes a near impossibility. There are lots of simple
steps and training methods that can help employees become more
productive and happier with the work they're doing.
what you want from these workers and how you're asking for it. You
might decide you need to change your tactic, or there might be a
better way to motivate them. As long as you're thoughtful, fair,
and not a crazy dictator, it should all work out. Good luck, Presley!
Kovar July 9, 2019
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