What Motivates Your Employees and Why It Matters?

When it comes to motivation in the workplace, the question is not whether your team members are motivated, but why they are motivated, says Susan Fowler, a senior consulting partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies and author of the new book “Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does.” Fowler recently spoke with business leader and blogger Skip Prichard, who blogs at SkipPrichard.com. Here are some of Fowler’s thoughts on motivation from that conversation: Understanding Motivational Differences “The energy and impetus a person brings to any action can be qualitatively different. Some reasons people are motivated tend to promote well-being for themselves and others – and unfortunately, some reasons don’t. Motivation that comes from choosing to do something is different from

Happy Employees and How to Get There

Every year, Gallup releases its survey of workplace engagement, and every year the picture looks bleaker. A Gallup study released earlier this year reported that 51 percent of the country’s approximately 100 million full-time employees are not engaged at work. Another 16 percent are “actively disengaged,” meaning they resent their jobs and drag down morale as a result. A separate study by Gallup found that disengaged workers had 37 percent higher levels of absenteeism, 49 percent more accidents and 60 percent more errors and defects. Companies with low employee engagement scores also experienced 18 percent less productivity, 37 percent lower job growth and 65 percent lower share price over time. The numbers become overwhelming and unfathomable. Come On, Get Happy