Keep those work­ers happy

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MAN­AGERS and em­ploy­ers need to give their work­force train­ing and feed­back to help in­spire them.

Work­place per­for­mance ex­pert Tony Wil­son be­lieves it is be­com­ing harder for work­ers to keep up their mo­ti­va­tion, par­tic­u­larly be­cause they no longer work for one or­gan­i­sa­tion for life.

‘‘ Em­ploy­ees are slower to com­mit to the over­all good of the com­pany and buy into or­gan­i­sa­tional goals,’’ he says.

‘‘ While most peo­ple are still some­what mo­ti­vated by this, they also need to know that they are go­ing to be looked af­ter and that they can achieve their own goals within the or­gan­i­sa­tion – whether that means climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der, mak­ing more money or achiev­ing work/life bal­ance.’’

Wil­son adds that the down­fall of com­pany lead­ers is not to truly un­der­stand their peo­ple as in­di­vid­u­als. ‘‘ They need to strike a del­i­cate bal­ance be­tween find­ing things that mo­ti­vate the team as a whole and also find­ing in­di­vid­ual driv­ers to help peo­ple per­form at their best,’’ he says.

Wil­son be­lieves work­ers are nat­u­rally re­assess­ing their pri­or­i­ties at the be­gin­ning of each year and it is likely em­ploy­ees feel­ing unin­spired al­ready are plan­ning their exit.

‘‘ Given that we are primed to come out of a slow econ­omy and the labour mar­ket might start to look more at­trac­tive, it points to a mo­ti­va­tion for peo­ple to start search­ing for a new work­place,’’ he says.

– Gianni Bor­relli

BE­ING IN CHARGE: Man­agers should treat their work­ers as in­di­vid­u­als.

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