Motivation is all about treating people with dignity
What is motivation?
Though there is no one definition of the word, it usually includes:
Desires, wants, wishes, aims, goals, needs, drives, motives and incentives.
Here are some strategies that operating managers can apply in order to create requisite 'desires' within their people to deliver their best to the organization.
• Providing career growth, learning and development opportunities: What a present day knowledge worker needs is adequate opportunities to learn and grow so that he remains employable in the current competitive business environment.
• Providing an exciting and challenging work environment: So that he can put all his existing skills to good use.
• Appreciating good performance: A manager should feel that he is a part of the team and his contribution is being noticed.
• Providing regular feedback: As Ken Blanchand, author of the One Minute Manager says, "Feedback is the breakfast of champions" i.e. they want to know how they are delivering. .
• Soliciting, Employees, Opinions: In order to involve them in decisions that affects their jobs.
• Opening channels of communication: Regular question and answer sessions, small group forums with the head of the organization and an open door policy are some ways that might encourage managers to speak up.