This is the time for motivation!
Employees are experiencing all types of emotions lately….frustration, fear, anger, uncertainty, and excitement. Companies in general are tightening up the purse strings, exploring ways to cut expenses as revenues are under stress, and trying to stay ahead of the fast approaching ball of the economy.
Now is the time for you as a business owner, manager, supervisor, boss to motivate your employees and clients. You want to keep the cream of the crop employees and clients so you must make them feel important to the success of the company.
I was in Louisville Kentucky speaking at a conference recently and while having breakfast I watched television. A show titled “Business Focus” featured a company that simply sent out an email to its employees to find out what they were thinking and feeling about the economy and how it was affecting them. At first, that sounded pretty silly, asking employees an open ended question, talk about opening Pandora’s Box! However, it served as quite the motivating step. The owner was quite taken back with the responses that he received via email. The employees opened up and said that some would be looking for work closer to home if the gas prices continued rising. They would not be able to afford driving. So he did something different, thought outside the box if you will. He is paying anything above $2.50 a gallon to his employees. His response is that it will cost more to replace and train new employees than the cost of gas. Now that is motivation!
While you may not have this option, you do have many others to motivate your employees. Drop by branches, departments etc. and give everyone a beach ball since it is summer now; treat them to a boxed lunch brought to their location, let them select a day to work from home, or implement a president’s breakfast and have them join you to hear what is going on in their lives. These are only a few suggestions….by the way, a simple thank you is also motivation. These same ideas can be used for your clients. Think outside the box….The point is to tell them they are important and communicate, communicate, communicate!
What are you doing or experiencing as a way to motivate? Please let us know so we can gain more ideas.
Author: Nyda Bittmann-Neville is an international image and brand doctor and CEO of TNB Consulting Group Inc. Nyda brings practical techniques and strategies to enhance the overall health and performance of companies and individuals. She is a sought after speaker, contributing author, coach, and show host. Visit her website at www.TNBGroup.com and http://www.nydaspeaks.com/
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