Motivate Your Employee
involves more than telling them what to do. Effective
supervision involves motivation from within the
individual, not by externals.
them as individuals, not merely as necessary cogs in a
wheel. Remember their personal problems, find appropriate
times to ask how they or their families are, how the big
event went, whether the plumbing problem got fixed.
Acknowledge their contributions. Let them be confident
that when you pass their suggestions and contributions up
the chain of command you will acknowledge the members of
your team as the source.
them up. When things go wrong, the buck stops at your
desk. Do not deal with problems by telling your superiors
how awful your supervisees are. Tell how you will go about
preventing a reoccurrence.
time for them. When a supervisee comes to you, stop what
you are doing, make eye contact. If you can't be
interrupted, immediately set up a later time when you will
be able to pay full attention to them. Otherwise people
may feel that they are bothersome to you, and you may
someday find yourself wondering why no one tells you what
is happening in your own department.
5. Let them
know that you see their potential and encourage their
growth. Encourage learning. Help them to take on extra
responsibility, but be available to offer support when
they are in unfamiliar territory.
why. Provide the information that will give both purpose
to their activities and understanding of your
requirements. Providing information only on a need-to-know
basis may work for the CIA, but it does not build teams.
micro-manage. Let them know the plans and the goals, that
you trust them to do their best, and then let them have
the freedom to make at least some of the decisions as to
how to do what is needed. Morale and creativity nosedive
when the flow of work is interrupted by a supervisor
checking on progress every two minutes.
8. Let them
work to their strengths. We all like to feel good about
our work. If we can do something that we do well, we will
feel proud. If you believe supervisees need to strengthen
areas of weakness, have them work on these, too, but not
in public, correct in private. NOTHING undermines morale
as effectively as public humiliation.
reasonable boundaries, and empower your supervisees to set
theirs. Once set, respect them. This is not a challenge to
your power, it is their right as human beings.
Feeling stuck and
unproductive is natural and it can be caused by
overwork, lack of momentum, a bad mood, a success block,
the weather and/or dozens of other factors. And, while
it's helpful to understand why you're stuck and
unproductive, sometimes it's just better to do one or
more of the PRACTICAL things which follow!
1. Play the
Call a friend/colleague
and say, "I'm stuck/unproductive. Can I check in with
you every hour for a couple of hours until I get
cranking again?" This really works! And, your friend may
want to play along too! Just share what you want to get
done, specifically, between now and the next time you
call in. Your friend would listen and accept what you're
saying -- or ask you to increase/decrease the goal for
the hour. In either case, keep the check in call to be
less than 5 minutes.
2. Take a
walk, go to the gym, go running, move your body.
Increasing your body's
metabolism also loosens up your mind and spirit,
resulting in a greater energy flow. It's that simple.
3. Take a
Sometimes, your mind
needs a break to work through an idea or block. Take a
1-3 hour nap and see if that helps.
4. Turn up
I use music as a
prompter, especially when I'm feeling draggy or alone.
Rap, disco, instrumentals work for me. And when I'm
really stuck, Frank Sinatra does the trick.
Eat/drink something that you will respond to emotionally
If I'm REALLY stuck, I'll
have a couple of cups of coffee -- caffeine is a great
unblocker for me.
Completely clean up your work space.
It's said that "stuff"
around you that's not in its place, can be a drain of
energy. When I get stuck, one of the first things I do
is take 10 minutes and put things in piles or file stuff
away or clear my immediate work area so that there's
less stuff dragging me down.
7. Work on
another task or project.
I don't know about you,
but I'm not willing to push myself through a project
that I'm just not in the mood to work on. So, I find a
project/idea that I DO want to work on and my
productivity picks right up!
8. Have a
A routine provides
momentum and momentum will keep you from getting stuck.
So, schedule in an hour or three of dedicated work
9. Play the
This may not be
spiritually healthy, but I'll give myself rewards when I
finish a tough project. Like a vacation, a trip, a
shirt, a massage, etc. Hey, whatever works!
10. Go on a
I find that i'm
especially creative when on a plane, train or bus. So,
sometimes, I'll book a 3-10 hour trip, bring my laptop
and be incredibly productive. And, financially, it's