Friday, April 14, 2006

How to motivate employees ???

Why are employees losing motivation? HBR's study answer's this.

The great majority of employees are quite enthusiastic when they start a new job. But in about 85 percent of companies, HBR research finds, employees' morale sharply declines after their first six months—and continues to deteriorate for years afterward. That finding is based on surveys of about 1.2 million employees at 52 primarily Fortune 1000 companies from 2001 through 2004, conducted by Sirota Survey Intelligence

The fault lies squarely at the feet of management—both the policies and procedures companies employ in managing their workforces and in the relationships that individual managers establish with their direct reports.HBR's research shows how individual managers' behaviors and styles are contributing to the problem (see "How Management Demotivates")—and what they can do to turn this around.

Eight practices to fire your team for HBR.

1. Instill an inspiring purpose.

2. Provide recognition.

3. Be an expediter for your employees.

4. Coach your employees for improvement.

5. Communicate fully.

6. Face up to poor performance.

7. Promote teamwork.

8. Listen and involve.

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