Cost-effective ways of motivating your workforce
We all want an engaged and motivated workforce. And we all want to ensure strategies are applied in the most cost-effective way possible. Here, James Brook shows you how.
In the current uncertain economic environment, no concept is arguably more important than motivation. How can companies keep employees motivated while keeping salary, wage and other costs down? How can they ensure employees exert higher levels of voluntary effort, over and above the minimum required, to fight off the competition and ensure consistent financial performance and sustainable growth in tougher market conditions?
Our experience suggests that rather than seeking quick-fix, generic solutions to motivation, the starting point should be to understand employees' unique strengths. We define strengths as "underlying qualities that energise us, contribute to our personal growth and lead to peak performance" (Brook and Brewerton, 2006). By helping employees explore and understand how their strengths can be more productively deployed, organisations will be building a strong, sustainable and cost-effective basis for employee motivation and performance excellence.
"Rather than seeking quick-fix, generic solutions to motivation, the starting point should be to understand employees' unique strengths."
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Author: James Brook, UK