Overview: Employers must focus on motivating a diverse workforce. Employers should encourage employees to participate in organizational decision-making and strive for shared goals. Employers should develop a human-centered work environment, with a culture that offers common values, individual opportunity and open communication.
Employee motivation may be particularly challenging during times of change, such as a corporate restructuring, downsizing, merger or acquisition. However, if employers have built a foundation of sound policies (such as those addressing career development and employee communications), benefits (such as comprehensive total rewards packages) and leadership, top performers will continue to be invested in the organization's ultimate success.
Trends: Motivating younger employees requires targeted retention efforts. Employers need to identify specific areas to direct their attention. For example, because younger workers often change jobs, a comprehensive total rewards package, with a focus on employee development within the organization, is crucial for a business to remain competitive in the current marketplace.
Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor
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Employers with highly engaged employees generally demonstrate a higher revenue growth when compared with their industry peers. While understanding what inspires employees to remain interested in their work, invested in their employer, and performing at a high level within an organization often varies depending on the employee, this How To should assist employers in fostering employee motivation in their organization.
A properly managed employee suggestion program can improve morale, increase productivity, cut costs and raise retention rates. The employee comments program must have the proper management support and reward structure to engage employees or it will not be successful. If employers decide to create an employee comments program, it is wise to adhere to the steps in this How To.
This section of the XpertHR best practice manual discusses performance management, including day-to-day and formal performance management systems, how employees and managers can be encouraged to treat performance management seriously, and the ways in which performance management can be assessed.
Dealing with an employee who has a hygiene issue is not easy. To avoid embarrassing the employee, employers should adopt the steps in this How To when confronting an employee with a hygiene issue.