Employee Motivation by Steve Rizzo
One of the biggest challenges that companies face today is keeping their employees motivated to be at their best. I believe the challenge lies not just in knowing how to motivate, but how to keep them motivated to be at their best for more than just a few days.
Most companies put a great deal of time and energy in hiring people who they believe are qualified to fill a particular position. But there is no guarantee that even a highly qualified person will always be motivated to be at their best. It simply means they have what it takes to get the job done.
Some companies spend a lot of money to make sure their people are equipped with the right tools and resources to get the job done. Some employers give incentives in the way of promotions, raises and bonuses in hopes that their employees will excel in their chosen field of expertise. While others go through great lengths to educate their employees by having them attend seminars and training courses with the expectation that they will walk away with confidence and a desire to be the best they can be.
All of the above are important criteria for success. But, do they truly motivate? If so (and most important) how long does the motivation last? It’s easy to stay motivated when everything is going as planned. But can they stay motivated in the long haul, especially when times are tough and the pressure is on? This brings me to my next point.
Whether they realize it or not; both employers and employees bring their problems, situations, experiences and personal relationships from home to the workplace. Yet there has always been a pre-conceived notion that people are supposed to have the capacity to separate their personal lives from their professional lives.
What this really implies is that if you are having problems in your personal life, regardless of the severity, you should have the mental and emotional fortitude to put those problems aside while you are at work. Yea right! This is an expectation that is easier said than done.
Let’s say you’re going through a divorce or you’re having financial difficulties. Maybe there’s an illness in the family. Perhaps you are experiencing the death of a loved one. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, not to take those problems and concerns to the workplace. And the chances are it will have some kind of effect on how you do your job. Let’s face it; it’s hard to be at your very best at work if your personal life is under intense stress. Our personal problems have to be weighed in as factors as to how motivated we are at work.
There are other outside factors that can stifle employee motivation. I call them social and environmental stressors. I think we can all agree that we’re living in a world that’s moving incredibly fast. On top of our professional and personal problems and everyday pressures, the newspapers and evening newscasts tell us that our economy is falling apart, corporations are being forced to downsize and massive technological advances are causing people to re-evaluate, adjust and change their lives. Cell phones, Blackberries, IPhones and tablet devices, e-mails, text messages and even micro-communication applications like Twitter are clogging our minds with an overwhelming amount of information, leaving us with little or no time to relax, unwind and focus our attention on the big picture. All this stuff can cause burn-out. In fact, I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
All of the above are circumstances that can stifle motivation in the workplace and cripple even the very best from moving forward with optimism. It’s really no wonder why so many of us have to be medicated in some way or another in order to cope with the madness our civilizations have created at work and in our lives.
It just makes sense that in order in to stay motivated at work and in life, we all need ways to reduce the tension, and deal with the fast pace that we are subjected to every day. We need tools that will enable us to bounce back to not only get the job done but also to enjoy ourselves during the process, no matter how challenging it may seem.
Have no need to fear! Rizzo is here! I show people in business and in life how to start each day with an Unstoppable Attitude to Succeed, regardless of their circumstances. I offer common sense Attitude Adjustment Strategies that when used over a period of time will create rock-solid-habits that will keep anyone, in any company motivated not just for a few days, but for a life time.
That my friend is why they call me The Attitude Adjuster!
In Part Two I will introduce the Attitude Adjustment Strategies.