Michelle Malay Carter writes an engaging and clear blog about management. She wrote a recent post on Misguided Motivation Attempts – Put Down that Carrot and that Stick and that Hot Dog.
Thank you Michelle, I am so tired of seeing books or articles that pair motivation with carrots. We are not rabbits and the only carrot we are looking for is a diamond or high quality level of workplace engagement for all.
Michelle believes that what employees want is to use their gifts and talents to accomplish work that aligns with their interests. Here is the list of what they need:
- Context, context, context – surrounding their role relative to strategy, their role relative to their managers, their role relative to their peers, their role relative to others within the organization, and about the task’s they’ve been assigned.
- Clear accountabilities and authorities
- Proper task assignment
- Resources to get the job done – time, money, training, their manager’s paving the way for access to others, the use of others, information from others
- Regular feedback on performance with the opportunity to account for their decisions
- Assessments based on overall effectiveness in light of prevailing conditions, rather than by the numbers only
- Fair pay
- Their manager’s willingness to address performance issues or inappropriate behavior
I encourage you to visit Mission Minded Management by Michelle Malay Carter and read her insightful posts on management and employee engagement.