Monday, December 14, 2009

Motivate your employees (part two)

Motivate your employees (part two)

In the last post, I wrote about a meeting that I witnessed. I mentioned I felt bad for all of the employees as the owner talked about "his goals" for the company. Some of the "goals" he talked about would be luxuries to the majority of the audience and were all for his benefit. Anyway here are the remaining tips...

• Do to others as you would have them do to you. Pause for a moment and think about what might be happening to your employees that you would not like if you were in their positions. An example might be not understanding why the company made a recent change to the employee benefit plan. Another example would be not knowing the status of a big project. All of these can make people on edge. We all like to be in the know. If a new ad campaign is about to roll out, share it with your employees first. You might be surprised how that little act will boost employee morale.

• Do you or your employees have a plan on how to get from A to B? Help your employees realize their full potential at home and at work. Sometimes having a map or a vision statement can help people get on track and live their personal and professional lives to their fullest extent.

• you think your employees would like a positive surprise once in a while? Depending on your company, you could cook hot dogs and hamburgers for the employees or order in pizza. One of my favorites is to give a gift card to a restaurant and/or the local movie theater. Tell the employee to take their spouse out for dinner and a movie. You could do this as a prize for doing something creative that benefits the company. It does not cost much, but it will be something they will talk about with their coworkers. Thus helping morale...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Motivate your employees Part One

The other day, I was in a meeting listening to the owner of the company. After his meeting, I felt bad for everyone in the room. I thought I would remind everyone of some simple steps you can take as managers to better motivate your employees.

• Share your weaknesses with your employees. Let them know you need them and appreciate them. Ask them for help in an area where you are experiencing difficulties, and they might surprise you with the answer on how to fix the issue.

• Help people fulfill their dreams by letting them know that you care and want them to succeed. Knowing you want them to succeed, they will work harder to ensure you succeed.

• Recognize others' strengths. Take time out of your schedule every month to observe your employees; once you have observed them, recognize them for their talents and help them cultivate these talents. You can encourage them to better utilize these talents and they will be grateful to you for recognizing them.

• Before you communicate a message, think about it from the recipients' perspective. I'm always amazed when I hear someone from management trying to deliver a message about something that they think is important but from the employees perspective it can be the opposite. A wise person told me if you had a pyramid and the pinnacle was what management thinks is important, turn the pyramid upside down and that is what is important to the person that actually makes things happen.

So, as always, communicate to people--people appreciate it.

Monday, November 2, 2009


As the year draws to a close, the uncertainty of what is around the corner grows also. Everyone in our great country is facing change. For some, change can be a good thing, and for others, change can make them uneasy. Change is inevitable, but it can be made less frightening by communicating to the people around you. Not only does being "in the know" make employees feel important, but it also makes them less likely to resist change.

Please keep those that change can affect the most informed. They will thank you for it not only on Thanksgiving Day but everyday because they feel empowered with knowledge about what changes lay around the corner.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What’s Next

I hope everyone is ready for spring and something new. I know I am. It seems like everything is up in the air, and no one knows what is going to happen next. The weather in Georgia goes from 75 degrees to snowing the next day to back to the 70s and back to cool weather. We think EFCA is moving; then, it seems to slow down, and then it's back again. Nothing these days seems to be predictable.

Are you being predictable to your employees? Hopefully, you are being somewhat predictable and/or reliable. You see all these articles about what to watch out for if your company is about to lay off or do something unusual. Some of the signs they point out are a lot of closed door meetings with executives, travel and other company budgets being squeezed too tightly, key personnel leaving suddenly. You can slow the rumor mill and correct it by communicating to your employees. It makes them feel important and wanted. It could also save your company that key client that is hearing rumors about your organization from its inside source.

So, as always, communicate to people--people appreciate it.