Bring in­no­va­tion, re­main mo­ti­vated

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - JOBFUNDAS -

Prof Man­har Arora

Ev­ery­day is a won­der­ful day. It comes with lot of won­ders, some are pleas­ant and oth­ers un­pleas­ant. But the day keeps many folded facts for all of us. Th­ese folded facts when un­fold be­come source of in­spi­ra­tion for us to do new and more ev­ery­day. We may iden­tify cer­tain hap­pen­ings on a given day that we have not ex­pected at all. Then all of a sud­den we are forced to think about them and re­act with sur­prise.

Rou­tine sets monotony

Some­thing sim­i­lar hap­pens at work­places. The volatile na­ture of work­place is some­how re­spon­si­ble for the em­ploy­ees’ be­hav­iour. Cre­at­ing a mo­not­o­nous en­vi­ron­ment or pre­dicted cul­ture can cause dam­age in the per­for­mance of the em­ploy­ees. At work­place em­ploy­ees are given the same work ev­ery­day, and most of the em­ploy­ers do not give their em­ploy­ees a chance to change the work­ing pro­ce­dure. The em­ploy­ees al­ways look for won­ders to hap­pen. Even if they have a won­der­ful day, there are no won­ders for them. They seem to be bound by the rou­tines and pro­ce­dures. Do­ing same rou­tine be­comes mo­not­o­nous. They al­ways look for change and search for some­thing that they have not done in the past. This search leads them to think for a change of an em­ployer or be­come so mild that do not take any in­ter­est in their job. In this episode, there are fre­quent chances that an or­gan­i­sa­tion might loose a tal­ented em­ployee.

In­no­va­tion holds the key

On other hand, some em­ploy­ees also have a ten­dency to loose their in­ter­est in job due to lack of pa­tience and toler- ance. It has been re­vealed by the stud­ies that present gen­er­a­tion has low level of pa­tience. They want ev­ery­thing to hap­pen in pace and ac­cord­ing to their time­line. They do not al­low things to get ma­ture in nat­u­ral time. But with some un­nat­u­ral meth­ods and pro­ce­dures they want to achieve the same re­sults in less time. In both the sit­u­a­tions, for the em­ploy­ers and for the em­ploy­ees, where sat­is­fac­tion level is low and lack of pa­tience is in­evitable, one thing that comes to res­cue is “The In­no­va­tion”. In­no­va­tion holds the key to success for the or­gan­i­sa­tions and also for the work­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

Though this is mag­i­cal word in the con­fer­ences, meet­ings, sem­i­nars and of­fice dis­cus­sions, but the real use of in­no­va­tion is miss­ing from work­places. Many have taken wrong mean­ing of in­no­va­tion as a com­plete rev­o­lu­tion or a big change in all over. Many have thought it as if some­thing new will hap­pen and would be­come dif­fi­cult to man­age. Many have im­ple­mented, but with lim­i­ta­tions and re­stric­tions. The core spirit of in­no­va­tion is still not avail­able in the work­places.

It is to in­form that in­no­va­tion can be in­tro­duced at ev­ery level. It is not nec­es­sary that it should start from the top through a ma­jor pro­ce­dural change. An in­no­va­tion can take place while hav­ing smile on your face, change in of­fice ob­jects, posters and no­tices on the boards, even while of­fer­ing a tea to cus­tomer. In­no­va­tion is an im­pro­vi­sa­tion and im­pro­vi­sa­tion is bring­ing some new­ness with an ob­jec­tive to get per­fec­tion and en­hance­ment. There must be ef­forts to im­prove day-by-day. Do­ing same task again and again and with the same meth­ods do im­prove the ef­fi­ciency in that work, but at the same time re­duces the charm and in­ter­est of an em­ployee, if he/she is am­bi­tious and think for ad­vance­ment in ca­reer.

Here I present you three meth­ods with which an em­ployee can re­main mo­ti­vated by bring­ing in­no­va­tion in work.

Cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing and ad­vance­ment

Do not look for oth­ers to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for your at work­place. As an em­ployee cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­tin­u­ous learn­ing on the job. By fos­ter­ing tal­ent of em­ploy­ees, or­gan­i­sa­tions can ex­pand em­ploy­ees’ skill sets. Cre­ate chal­leng­ing jobs for your­self. Chal­leng­ing jobs can groom tal­ented em­ploy­ees as well as fos­ter com­mit­ment to the or­gan­i­sa­tion. When chal­lenged by work and when of­fered ca­reer growth, pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and sup­port­ive su­per­vi­sion, em­ploy­ees gain job sat­is­fac­tion and con­fi­dence in their success.

Mean­ing­ful work

Re­search sug­gests that peo­ple with mean­ing­ful work are hap­pier and score high on job sat­is­fac­tion, which trans­lates into strong per­for­mance. By in­tro­duc­ing in­no­va­tion, one

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