Posts Tagged ‘Motivating Employees’

Progress as Promised!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Researchers are learning more all the time about the importance of feeling progress toward our workplace goals. It’s called the Progress Principle, and it’s fast becoming a big part of the conversation about employee engagement. In fact, the Harvard Business Reviews research shows it is the most important motivator.

Multiple studies have shown that a feeling of progress in our work is at or near the top in motivation—way ahead of traditional incentives like raises and bonuses.

But not everyone is paying attention. In a survey that asked managers to rank five employee motivators, the feeling of progress came in dead last.

Let your competition pour money into more expensive motivators. A feeling of progress costs little or nothing. Break large projects into smaller benchmarks, and celebrate each step as it’s achieved. It’s as simple as that.

It’s yet another opportunity for those who are paying attention to pull ahead of the pack.

Who You Are When No One is Looking?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Imagine that your boss goes away for a few days. You’ve been working soooo hard, and now, finally, you’re free from the pressure of your employers.

You still come into work, of course. You still sit at the same desk. You still drink the same coffee and eat at the same time. But how have you changed?

Do you still bring the same energy, seize the same opportunities, work just as hard as before? Or do you find ways to cut corners and slack off because, you know, who’s gonna know?

Only you can truthfully answer these questions.

At the end of each day, you can convince yourself that you worked soooo hard, can convince yourself that you’ve contributed soooo much. And maybe you have. Only you know.

And the best indicator of who you are for real is who you are when no one is looking. Character is revealed when no one is watching.

Unbore Yourself and Get Out of Your Rut

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012


No matter how you feel today, there was almost certainly a time when you were engaged and excited about your job. It may have lasted for years, or not even made it through the first week. But if you find yourself bored and disengaged on the job now, there might be a reason that has nothing to do with the job itself.

According to Susan Cramm, founder and president of the IT leadership development firm Valuedance, the most likely culprit is right there in the mirror.

Blogging for the Harvard Business Review, Cramm offers three possible causes of your boredom:
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Who Are You When Nobody is Looking?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

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Thank God it’s Monday!™ Who are you when no one else is looking? Imagine that your boss steps out for the week and your manager’s away for a few days. You’ve been working soooo hard, and now, finally, you’re free from the pressure of your employers.

You still come into work. You still sit at the same desk. You still drink the same coffee and eat at the same time. But how have you changed?

Do you continually muster the same energy, seize the same opportunities, work just as diligently? Or are you finding ways to mess around—I mean really, who’s looking?

Only you can truthfully answer these questions.

At day’s end, you can spin what you’ve accomplished however you’d like—you can convince yourself that you worked soooo hard. You can convince others that you’ve contributed soooo much. And maybe you have.

Only you know.

Who you are when no one else is looking is a great indicator of who you are for real. Your integrity is made visible.

Have a great Monday!

Roxanne

Roxanne Emmerich’s Thank God It’s Monday! How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love climbed to #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list and made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists—all in the first week of its release. Roxanne is renowned for her ability to transform “ho-hum” workplaces into dynamic, results-oriented, “bring-it-on” cultures. If you are not currently receiving the Thank God It’s Monday e-zine and weekly audios, subscribe today at www.ThankGoditsMonday.com.

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Perspective

Monday, November 14th, 2011

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Thank God it’s Monday!® It’s never hard to find an excuse for falling short of expectations. We’ve been sick, after all, or busy, or stressed. But a client of mine has an employee with a lesson for us all. She has terminal cancer. It’s hard to think of a more legitimate excuse than that. But instead of turning inward, instead of giving up, she inspires her team every day as she wows customers and shows deep concern for teammates. On the other hand, we all know people who need to go home because they have a hangnail.

Life and work are what we make of them. We could all stand a reminder to take our results seriously and ourselves much more lightly.

Have a great Monday!

Roxanne

Roxanne Emmerich’s Thank God It’s Monday!® How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love climbed to #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list and made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists—all in the first week of its release. Roxanne is renowned for her ability to transform “ho-hum” workplaces into dynamic, results-oriented, “bring-it-on” cultures. If you are not currently receiving the Thank God It’s Monday!® e-zine and weekly audios, subscribe today at www.ThankGoditsMonday.com.

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