Keep those workers happy
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.