“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” William James
Be creative when it comes to motivation: the little things count.
We all know how challenging it can be to balance the responsibilities of both work and home. The demands at both ends often mean we are stressed for time – and patience. Many of us talk about health and wellness and taking time out for you, but, for some it is just a statement that never comes to fruition.
And according to a Desjardins Financial Security National Health Survey in September 2010, Canadian workers are definitely feeling stressed. Survey participants said that their top stressors were an insufficient salary (30%), work overload (27%), a lack of recognition (22%), a negative work environment (22%) and 14% named work-life imbalance as a source of stress.
Obviously, something has to give sooner or later.
The good news is, employers and senior managers can do a lot without breaking the proverbial bank.
Motivation does not need to be an expensive venture. It can be simple things that allow people to feel recognized, appreciated or respected. So why not show your employees that you care about their health and well-being? For example, at your regular Monday morning status meeting, greet your employees with a cappuccino bar and seated chair massages chair for the first 30 minutes. Or forgo the morning meeting tradition altogether and re-schedule it for mid-afternoon.
Better yet, at around 2 p.m. – during that mid afternoon slump time – hand deliver “pick me up” snack packs to all of your employees – try chocolate covered espresso beans, or an assortment of 100-calorie snack packs, anything that says “take a moment and enjoy.”
Consistent small gestures that say we appreciate your time and effort are far greater motivators in the long run than the occasional big splash.
Author and International Speaker Karen Donaldson is one of this Millenium's top Communication & Self-Leadership Coach and Consultant, for more information visit http://www.karendonaldsoninc.com