Employees give their best when they are in a positive state of mind. But again, this is a vast area and the principles are not standard. What inspires an employee and pushes him to give his best constantly changes. And it varies with employees. However, one factor that is always relevant to every one is emotional well being.
For employees to feel good about their organization and perform consistently even during difficult times they should share a deep bond with it. Creating this bond calls for several initiatives from the management and efforts of managers. It involves addressing all the important aspects of work and the work environment right from designing workspaces to defining work culture.
The emotional state of a person varies with the physical surroundings. A pleasing ambience can keep him cheerful and help him to focus. On the other hand a cluttered dull and messy work environment can dampen the spirits and lead to anxiety and stress. An organized and comfortable workplace is the least employees can expect from their employer. Once these bare minimum essentials are met, the following are some more measures that can help boost employees state of mind.
When decision making exercises are centralized and participation in them is limited to a selected few representatives, employees feel less valued. Instead, an inclusive approach can make them feel more empowered and also accountable. However, sometimes it is not practical to involve everyone associated with an issue in the decision making process. In such a case participants should choose not based on their rank but based on how much committed they feel for the cause and their team.
The success of an organization rests largely on its communication culture. So the management should set standards to facilitate open and honest communications between employees. Workspaces should be designed to enable easy interactions. Apart from meeting rooms, organizations should also take special care while designing social spaces like cafeteria. Strict rules should be laid down to deal with instances where the communication set up is abused.
Spirit of work :
Managers through their speeches and actions should inspire employees to perform their work for the satisfaction they can gain from accomplishing it. Work motivated by pay and other benefits is of mediocre quality. Superior quality of output is produced when employees work because they cherish the moments they spend on it. With this attitude to work, they can overcome any obstacles in their way to attain their goals. Such employees have a strong sense of community and keep helping others. They do not limit their contributions to their profile but do all they can to se their teams and organizations emerge successful.
Learning a priority:
Opportunities to learn and grow provide employees a sense of assurance for their career. An organization that promotes continuous learning employees are more focused on their work. They are more than willing to give all they can for their job because every effort they put in will translate into their own growth. Apart from providing scope to learn on the job, the organization can provide opportunities to seek formal training in relevant areas. This will demonstrate its commitment to the interests and aspirations of its employees.
Sponsoring academic courses is another way of promoting continuous learning:
To motivate employees to contribute their best, the management should deal with them on a one on one basis and address their needs and concerns individually. However, there are certain initiatives that can affect most of the employees. Implementing them should be first on the priority list of an organization. This can extract fairly good outputs from a majority of employees.