How do we do this? Is it possible, or do we have to accept the status quo because the work ethic of the past and the present are different?
I wouldn’t go so far as to call my thinking a Pollyanna type of thinking, but I consider myself an eternal optimist. I don’t think it’s possible to motivate people who are simply indifferent, but I do believe that passion triggers action and is necessary to motivate employees.
You may be thinking, “But how do I get employees to engage? This is a question employers have been asking for a long time. They want you to remember that it’s more important to remove the obstacles and barriers that prevent you from engaging your employees than to engage them. Yes, our managers are responsible for creating obstacles, removing barriers, and even removing those that give employees excuses for not performing.
Early in my professional career, I worked for a staffing agency where there were (in my opinion) many complainers. They all had reasons for not performing. One day I went to my boss and said, “Let’s remove the obstacles,” and “Let’s remove all the things they complain about,” and they would have worked. What do you think would have happened? Some stopped because they ran out of excuses. Others came out and worked diligently, resulting in actions that, in turn, led to sales. Both outcomes were perfect.
Workers often feel insecure… Uncomfortable chairs, colleagues having lunch at their desks, unpleasant smells, too much work, low expectations……. In principle, anything goes. Dissatisfaction is not motivating, especially if your colleagues agree with your complaints.
Remove obstacles, improve communication, eliminate problems and barriers – you have no more excuses. And you’ve shown that you’re listening, that you’ve listened, and that you care enough to do something about it. And that passion inspires action.
Motivating employees is the goal of every leader and every company. But without passion, it’s impossible to motivate employees. And you can’t be passionate if there are incentives. Once there are no incentives, they can focus on what is good, what is working, and what is successful instead of focusing on what is wrong, what is missing, or what is annoying. Satisfied employees are motivated employees.