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What Motivates Your Employee

What Motivates Your Employee
Understanding What Motivates Your Employee Motivation is one area where periodical updates are necessary for an organisation to gauge the morale and mood of their employees. Companies sometimes act very smart in that they break their hands by patting their own back. If you wish to propel your organisation forward, you need to satisfy your work force first. The million dollar question is a big “HOW?” Well, a problem properly diagnosed is half done. And this motivation thingy is not a problem at all. Keen observation and understanding is what is needed on a manager’s part to steer things in the right direction, that is good for the company. Man, even your kid will turn his back if you want to take control by unleashing your power. The right thing to do is to find out exactly how motivated they are. There are several things that come into the purview of motivation.Let us do this in a questionnaire format so that things might fall in place. Question No 1: What is that, that motivates an employee, to be more precise your employee? (This turns out to be the hot dissertation topic for many young MBA’s) Is it any one of the following? Financial rewards Clear Goals Connecting with others Rank Appreciation and Recognition Throat neck competition Job security Fear Results Excitement Variation or Diversity Principle of Motivation: Well, the principle of motivation is pretty much the  same for all individuals. I 100 % go with Maslow’s hierarchial needs theory which travels right from physical needs at the base of the pyramid upto self realisation at the top. If this is the case,how come there is a disparity when everybody is subjected to the same kind of influence at the work place? For some it stops somewhere in the middle who are very much satisfied with the pay check figure and the perks that go with it. For some there is an inner drive that makes them unstoppable until they reach the pinnacle. This is the very thing that differentiates a manager from a subordinate. This is the very thing that distinguishes a CEO from a manager. This is the same thing that generates top business guns and management gurus who fall a genre apart form the rest of the crowd. Well, there are other factors such as the family background and the environmental influence that shaped up your personality all through. Motivation Surveys: Motivation surveys are not only important in getting to know your employees but also it showers a immaculate image on the company. It feels good for your workforce when they are involved and consulted with, on issues related to themselves. A recent Harvard review has stated that most of the managers feel that they really get motivated when there is : “Recognition for Good Work.” But folks, you will be surprised to know that the same review reveals another side of the coin, the top motivation for workers is when they make “Progress.” Again, call it the inner drive, impulse, motive, ambition, fire in belly, vigor, vitality…Getting to know your work force makes you “BOND WITH THEM” and it aids you in plugging the holes at the right place and at the right time. See, there is no bench mark for motivation, you respect your work force, treat them with dignity, communicate well and give them what they want and that’s it, you are defintely a winner. If you are a person capable of motivating your work force, you automatically become a source of inspiration. My humble suggestions to managers goes thus: 1. Make your employees understand what motivates them.( Kindly find what flares your temper before...
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Organizational Development Techniques

Organizational Development Techniques
Organizational Development Techniques Organisational development is not an overnight transformation; it is indeed a gradual process that has to be implemented systematically and in tandem with the external environment.  A. #SENSITIVITY TRAINING: The notion is to change the attitude and behaviour of individuals involved in the group rather than the #technical skill or #knowledge. The term sensitivity refers to the psychological aspect of human mind that has to be shaped to act in accordance with the expectations of the group.  One’s own weakness is exposed and members understand how others react  towards them. Stress is on Group Dynamics and tackling #inter-relationship problems.The idea is to improve the behaviour of people in order to maintain smooth inter-personal relationship without anybody’s  power or influence. Members are encouraged to have an open, heart to heart talk to develop mature relationship. The Process: Sensitivity  group is a small discussion group without any leader. The trainer raises a question and allows the members to proceed with the discussion, the focus being feelings and mutual respect. There is no set task or agenda and members try to analyse the immediate problem by having open discussion instead of applying logic and rationale. Free and frank discussions lead the members through periods of shock, anger, frustration, hostility, all for the better understanding of one another. Feedback includes videotape of the proceedings and guidance from the trainers. Members unlearn old things through shock and change the present behaviour to improve their behaviour pattern. Individual emotions and inter-relationship pattern are primarily focused upon in sensitivity training. Sensitivity training borders on psychotherapy where the emotions as well as body language are taken into consideration. The expressions may be any one of the following: 1. Gestures 2.Screaming 3.Physical contact B. #SURVEY FEEDBACK  Here the discrepancies among a group are weeded out using questionnaires, which identify the difference in perceptions amongst the same working family, group or department.  Th data collected is tabulated and distributed for taking part in the deliberations. This forms the basis for further discussions and the discrepancies  if any can be sorted out by open discussions with all concerned, defending  and opposing till a consensus is arrived at. Here the focus is on ideas and not on persons who put up those ideas. C.#PROCESS CONSULTATION A firm may either seek the support of  1. ###expert from within the organisation: Though he might be knowing the crux of the problem, his emotional involvement might block him from seeing the problem in the right perspective. Moreover the outcome of the result might be a ‘biased one’ due to internal politics.  2. An outside expert: This person with his vast knowledge, experience and similar problem encounters may have the know-how of resolving the problem but may lack the necessary insight of that particular problem.  The organisation must see to that process consultation is done through an external expert with the needed support provided by the authorities from within the organisation.  D.#TEAM BUILDING Team building is attempted at the group or inter-group level. The objective is to improve co-ordination thereby improving the performance as a group.  1. #Goal setting 2. Development of inter-personal relations 3. Role analysis to identify roles and responsibilities 4. Team process analysis are the key features of team building.  E. #INTER GROUP DEVELOPMENT One of the major challenges for firms involved in development is tackling inter departmental conflicts. Such dysfunctional conflicts may exist between a. Line and staff b. Production  and materials c. Finance and production  As sensitivity training tries to change the attitude and perception of individuals on each other, inter group development attempts to change the perceptions of groups on themselves and on other groups.  1. Each group meet independently...
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