What a beautiful question, don’t you find?
According to Statistics Canada, Quebeckers have the highest absenteeism rate in Canada. And it has continued to increase since 2012.
This is about 8 to 10% of workers who are absent each week. It is an important figure. Of course, there are many possible causes for absenteeism, but a motivated and mobilized employee is less absent.
Disengaged employees cost organizations millions of dollars. Unfortunately, the majority of managers do not know how to increase their employees’ motivation.
What are you doing to increase the motivation of your employees? But before answering this question, you have to know what motivation is.
Motivation is the motive behind the action. This is what drives someone to act, it is a set of factors that direct the action of a person towards a goal. The motivation is internal to everyone. This is very important.
- You cannot force someone to be motivated.
- You cannot force someone to adapt to the wishes of others.
- Therefore we cannot force someone to be motivated in their work.
- But we can create an environment that will motivate people.
Then comes mobilization, which is a call for concerted action by a team to achieve a common goal. There must be something that is of interest enough to motivate the person to act.
In order to mobilize your employees, they must first be motivated. What motivates a person to climb Everest, or to learn a foreign language or to do a good job? Once again, these answers will be different for each one of us.
But back to the basics. As a manager, ask yourself : what drives my employees to do an action? To answer it you must know your people in order understand what motivates them. Then, put the actions that work best with everyone.
There is no turnkey solution. There are as many ways to mobilize your staff as there are employees. You will need to put working conditions in place to motivate them, conditions that will, of course, satisfy the management in place. You must explore and have to explore and test, perhaps make a mistake. Put the effort and the time to find the strategies that best fit your business. It may be necessary to accept changes, new culture and business philosophy.
But concretely, what does that mean? Here are some examples:
- Value people and their contribution within the organization.
- Take an interest in them, really!
- Know their strengths and weaknesses and use their strengths.
- Share information.
- Give common goals.
- Emphasize teamwork, collective decision-making, team autonomy and cooperation.
- Say Thank you!
- Establish policies and activities such as flexible hours.
- Manage conflicts.
- Foster trust and respect.
- Support your employees.
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