The Streamlined Business Blog

3 Ways to Motivate Employees When Everything’s Lousy

According to a Gallup researcher quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “How to Motivate Employees in Tough Times” there are 3 things organization’s can do to keep employees motivated and focused during tough times.

  1. Communicate more—not less.
  2. Set clear expectations—make sure people know what they’re supposed to do
  3. Show the way forward—focus on the future.

Whether it is through ongoing development, cross training or new employee orientation, corporate training departments are central to successfully implementing all three of these initiatives.

Setting expectations is particularly key. As Dr. James Harter, Gallup researcher and co-author of 12: The Elements of Great Managing, points out:

”Only a little over half the people in the workforces that we’ve surveyed over the years clearly know what’s expected of them in their job.

That becomes more important in an economic crisis, when you could be managing fewer people, so communication and ongoing expectations-setting based on how the roles change for people — that’s important.”

Harter’s research supports how important standardizing operations and Operations Mapping are to maintaining a productive and motivated workforce. By clearly defining roles and responsibilities, employees not only know what they are supposed to do, but they recognize how their work impacts the success of the entire organization. These are proven ways to improve engagement, morale and productivity.

Does your approach to training capitalize on this research?

Comments are closed.

Privacy Policy

COMPROSE is aware of the need to address Internet privacy issues and we believe you should be aware of how we intend to treat any information about you that we might receive on the Internet as a result of your visit to the Site.

Information About COMPROSE’s On-Line Visitors

You can visit COMPROSE on the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. Our web servers collect the domain names, not the e-mail addresses, of visitors.

In general, we gather information about users of the Site collectively in order to determine, for example, which areas users access more frequently and which materials users access the most.

This information helps us to determine what is most beneficial for our users, and how we can continually create a better overall experience for our users by improving the content of the Site.

There are times however, when we may need information from you, such as your name and address. Customarily, the personal information COMPROSE obtains is used only to respond to inquiries, to process orders, for product registration, or to allow the user to access specific account information.

We may also ask you to voluntarily provide us with information for market research such as, your interests, demographics, and experience with our products.

Cookies

There is a technology called “cookies” which is an element of data that a web site can send to your browser which may then be stored on your system.

Some Site pages use cookies so that we can better serve you when you return to our Site. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving the chance to decide whether to accept it.

Website Links

COMPROSE’s Site may contain links to other websites. While COMPROSE tries to link only to sites that share its high standards and respect for privacy, COMPROSE cannot take responsibility for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites.

Data Security

All of the information you submit at our site is encrypted and stored safely in a database that is backed up nightly.

Changes

If at anytime COMPROSE changes its privacy commitment, COMPROSE will post those changes here so that you will know what information COMPROSE gathers and how COMPROSE might use that information.