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The Tricky Business of Motivating Employees - Part 1

He was late twice last week.
Yesterday, you asked him for an update on his project, but you haven't gotten it yet.
This morning, he sat in the staff meeting and looked bored.
He never said a word.
You try to get him to tell you how things are going with his work, but his one word answers don't tell you much.
What is going on with this employee?How can you inspire him to boost his productivity and behave more like a team player? Several different issues may be at the root of such employee behavior.
Once you identify the problem, a course of action can be developed.
THE UNSOPHISTICATED WORKER Some workers might behave like the employee described above because of a lack of knowledge about appropriate work behavior.
Such employees arrive at your organization with the attitude that they are just paid to put their time in.
" They usually have not grasped the "bigger picture," including the connection between their performance and the overall success of the company.
This orientation to work can be described as "paycheck driven" as opposed to "career driven".
Unfortunately, this attitude can become infectious and this "minimum standard" is adopted by others in the office.
Possible solutions Management may have to play an educational role for the unsophisticated employee.
For those who have never had a work mentor or have not considered their role in contributing to the success of their company, a quick turn around could result by providing a clearer picture of the way business works.
Some other approaches may be even more effective.
Peer group can be powerful force -- even during our adult years.
If possible, one can try to position the employee (by both physical proximity and project assignment) around more enthusiastic and motivated staff.
Perhaps others' more positive work attitudes can be as infectious as the unsophisticated employee's negative attitude has been.
Another strategy may be to assign direct, tangible rewards to each assignment that the unsophisticated employee completes.
These rewards should be small but should convey "appreciation", so they are not perceived to be a financial bonus(as this would perpetuate the "paycheck driven" orientation).
Perhaps a book that reflects a personal interest of the individual, a lunch coupon, or a cup or figurine for their desks.
Of course, one must think of all the employees that do their jobs without need for recognition at this level, to make sure that they do not feel penalized.
Perhaps some other types of rewards for higher functioning employees (such as an achievement lunch in their honor) would keep them feeling well rewarded while giving the less motivated employee additional rewards toward which they can strive.

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