What some are wondering is, that’s it, is that all there is? They’re forced to go through school, get some type of post secondary education, all for most to barely scratch out a living. This the reality for most humans at this place and time of evolution. We are asked to develop this thing called a career, get a job, needing to work for a living.
We get out there, put our noses to the grindstone like a hamster on a wheel, and look forward to decades of our lives stationed in a cubicle, this until we’re released, that they tell us we can retire.
So the idea boils down to making the best of this adventure called employment. We learn to behave, interact, to fit into this process and attempt to become an outstanding employee, this to earn money, to get promoted and get a pension. We do so for the need to survive another day.
Working For The Paycheck
The owner or the manager makes their presence known in the office and commands their staff. What they have are the governmental controls of their company, the power to shift the outlook of you the employee.
The words, expressions, the gestures and the motivation spells the difference in how you project your attitude. What these gestures tells the employer is how you feel about them, your job, the job that they’re doing as a manager.
What you as an employee wants is to feel wanted, needed, and appreciated which is a strong factor which keeps you motivated. You want to feel that you play an important role in the overall functionality of the company, this by your work ethic and skills.
If acknowledged, you’re more than likely to enjoy and perform your job better, while striving to become better. For many, it’s found that feeling valued and worthy can be just as important as getting a raise or a promotion.
Employers Show Their Presence
The leaders, managers of the company are there for support, to motivate you to excel, to help you do your job better or more efficiently, and at times to crack the whip.
They’ll provide an upbeat positive working environment because it helps the bottom line, profits. So they show that they care about you and your welfare.
They’ll acknowledge you with a smile and a “good morning” and a box of motivational donuts. Simple gestures like these can make all the difference to start the work day off right.
Verbal commendation doesn’t need to be over the top, dramatic, or overtly exaggerated. Most often, just showing respect for your efforts and labor, such as saying thank you, is all that’s needed and goes a long way.
This is the most efficient way to motivate you the employee. Simple praise at the end of the day such as “You did an excellent job,” especially if you deserve it, can do wonders for morale.
You Know Exactly What’s Expected Of You
Your employers should clearly communicate any pending deadlines, milestones, or specific job objectives which are essential for completing company mandates efficiently.
At times, policies aren’t addressed or directives can change on occasion. If there are any changes and they’re not discussed in detail with you, you then feel that you’re not important enough or that the manager is just a poor communicator.
What either will lead towards is you becoming discouraged. So it’s always best to just ask them for some kind of feedback regarding the job or issue, this so you can immediately know what’s expected.
If there happens to be a change or alteration in a project or job description, then you expect to be informed, and the reason why for the changes. You want to be part of the solution and not the problem.
An Outlet For Feedback
What you want to be told on occasion is that you’re doing a good job. You also appreciate being told when you’re doing a poor job, that it’s not up to standards.
You also want them to state their reasons why. This then becomes an excellent opportunity where they can tell you how to do your job better, more efficiently.
There should also be a standard of open dialogue where the manager asks you what they can do better, to help you get better. What should be available is an open forum to facilitate discussion back and forth without retribution.
What doing so will make you do your job better without feeling offended about a poor performance. What they’re doing is showing genuine concern while willing to help rectify any issues.
The Consequences Of Acknowledgement
What you also want to hear on occasion is that you’re a valued employee, that they’re happy with the person you are, while also providing extended recognition if the work is extraordinary.
Any type of recognition such as a personally written thank you note can go a long way. Whenever you happen to meet company objectives or exceed those expectations, what acknowledgement does is it motivates you and your coworkers.
On the other hand, if management fails to point out poor under performing work performance, then on the job morale can slip as the thinking becomes “If he’s not doing his job properly and that’s okay, then why should I.”
That’s the reason why it’s appreciated that management addresses any consequences if you or someone else doesn’t perform as expected. What’s wanted is reward or repercussion.
What you generally enjoy as an employee is performing your job the best you can, and that you take pride in doing it well. You also enjoy who you work for and work with.
You enjoy the time that management spends with you, the perks such as company outings during or after work. What’s demonstrated is that they care, and value you as an important cog in the company.