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Employee motivation: Simple policies, implemented well

It doesn't take strange or counterintuitive policies to keep employees engaged, but insightful programs are a must.

Helping employees reach their potential and become motivated is not a difficult or unnatural process for enterprise leaders. After all, no one wants to be unhappy or lacking in good goals. However, there are many cases when some element of a program is not coming together, and this is when it's time to examine the current HR paradigm. Maybe there appears to be no possibility for advancement, perhaps good work is going unrewarded,or the general tone of discourse might be too negative. In any and all of these cases, there are chances to turn things around and get the firm back on track toward its objectives.

The needs of the many
The wishes of staff members are likely not extremely complicated, but if a firm has lost sight of them, productivity will suffer. HR manager Olivia Eleanor Timothy gave some examples of approaches likely to keep workers engaged in their daily tasks. She noted that there are two things employees look for from their leaders: needs, which must be met to keep those professionals, and expectations of what a satisfactory workplace will offer. Failing to live up to these standards can leave companies high and dry. Fortunately, Timothy's recommendations can help departments stay on-task.

Failing to live up to these standards can leave companies high and dry.

Bonuses and incentives relevant to workers can transform the way they think about their employers. Timothy explained that these can take the form of paid compensation based on accomplishments and additions to policies such as time off. Firm-wide incentive programs may have employees competing en masse to walk away with the prizes, whether they are monetary or based on reputation and public acknowledgement. Picking the right approach means knowing who the individuals within each team are. Leaders who don't comprehend their staff members may end up wasting resources on plans that don't spark the interest of the office population. Those who pick their prizes correctly, however, may see great returns.

One other key piece of motivation is knowing which employees are on track for great things in the future. Timothy specified that overlooking talent is a problem when it comes to keeping everyone happy. A breakout performance when faced with a new task is something that merits notice, as is a great new concept that might benefit the organization as a whole. People don't like having their positive accomplishments ignored as a rule. This means employee reward programs should probably be prepared to give notice to the leading performers within the workforce when they take the initiative.

Different employee types
When it comes to differences in objectives and needs, employees run the gamut. Business 2 Community contributor Paul Keijzer split things up into several categories. He noted that some professionals are there to derive meaning from their work every day, while others want to know that their contributions to the company are being noted and netting them positive consequences. A segment of the workforce will be much more fired up by the ability to tackle tough problems. Finding which type of professional is predominant on a team is a good step in developing rewards and recognition.

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