The old saying that we should work smarter not harder undoubtedly captures an important truth: inefficient work is time wasted. However, a growing body of psychological literature suggests that the ability to work hard in a focused, consistent manner is more important than intelligence in determining who will succeed in the long-term. There’s an important lesson here: working smart is important but we must not forget the value of hard work when we hire and when we try to develop our own skills and the skills of our employees.
Motivating employees is about creating a workplace environment where employees are engaged and recognized via communication with leaders. Modern business leaders have shifted their focus to create a happier and more productive workplace in order to retain their businesses.
Employee engagement is one of the best contributing factors to employee motivation and productivity. Nonetheless, some business leaders interpret employee engagement in an inappropriate way, and may cause a critical threat to the business. The following are possible challenges that employers need to overcome in order for effective employee engagement:
Why do we care whether our employees are highly motivated or engaged?
It is widely acknowledged that the level of motivation is highly correlated with the level of productivity and work effort. Motivated employees proactively communicate and engage with others in workplaces leading to building creative ideas.
But, a lot of management approaches to employees with inappropriate ways to motivate and recognize them. The reason most employee motivation efforts fail would be the poor understanding of the definition of motivation.
We’ve all been there – our workloads are piling up; consistently churning out work to meet yet more work with little thanks or praise for our efforts. Unfortunately this cycle is all too common in workplaces across the world, and while work is being produced, it also comes with a number of by-products: stress and low morale. Mental health organisation Mind produced recent research around work based stress that revealed around a third of employees said that stress impacted their working life and 19% felt they couldn’t talk to their employers about their problem.