By Ed Primeau
Primeau Productions is a company that has worked with professional speakers and the meetings industry since 1984. One of the most remarkable phenomenon that I have experienced over the years while working with professional speakers is the effect that motivation and inspiration have on attitude and performance in the workplace. PrimeauTV is a video delivery system that is rich in video content that is both motivating and inspiring.
Before I begin my message on employee motivation I’d like to comment that de-motivation is probably the biggest killer of productivity in the workplace. Managers that lead through fear and lack of respect will take a company down faster than lack of sales, although I suppose that could be debated. One of the tips that I learned from Floyd Wickman years ago is ‘praise in public and criticize in private’. Whenever an employee has done something that you are proud of make sure you compliment them in front of fellow employees. Conversely, whenever you have something you need to criticize an employee about, bring them into your office and close your door because you don’t want to criticize anybody in front of other people. It’s not a good employee motivator.
The late Stephen Covey, his first habit from ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders’ is “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Once I became familiar with this concept it became a habit in my life as a leader at Primeau Productions. Too often people come into the office and talk about all of the things in their life before asking the fellow employee and showing concern for them and their lives. It’s best to seek first to understand, then to be understood – “How are you doing?”, “How was your weekend?” “What’s going on in your life?” This even works when you’re having a disagreement in the workplace. Listen to the other person. It allows the person to express themselves about their discontent or concern before you jump in and step on their words with your opinion and your feeling. It’s always best to seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Teddy Roosevelt had a great quote that applies to this concept as well. “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” You can be a big know-it-all and go around your organization talking about all the things that you know, bragging about your life, your sales, your successes, but that has no benefit to you, the other employees or the organization unless you show that you care and you display the fact that you care effortlessly.
These three quotes from these three great people are an excellent focus for employee motivation. One of the things you might want to consider is to have your employees send you their favorite quote so that you can frame it and hang it on the wall in your workplace so the employees will see that positive message throughout the work day. Another activity that you can have to motivate your employees is to give them their goals for the day in the morning and not micro-manage their activities throughout the day. Today with social media the way that it is, and texting, it’s best to let your employees live their life the way they need to throughout the work day, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the goals they have been given by you that morning. That is much more motivating to an employee than having the fear that somebody’s watching them and that they’re not allowed to text their spouse throughout the day. Encourage time for your employees to watch motivational videos during the workday as well. You might even find a motivational video that you feel is appropriate to your company’s situation or to your employee’s life and email the link to that employee. That’ll demonstrate that you care because you’re sharing something with them that may help their attitude. And employee motivation is all about attitude. When your employees come to work and you have created a good work environment they will perform so much better for you and your company than they would in an environment that is not conducive to that kind of learning experience and harmony.
Primeau TV is dedicated to creating video content that is both motivating and inspiring on demand. Coming to Primeau TV in the future will be the Napoleon Hill “Master Key to Success” video series, in both English and Spanish, as well as some never before seen 16mm film video of Napoleon Hill lectures from the late 1950s and early 60s. Subscribe to this blog so that you will receive future updates about Napoleon Hill and other Primeau TV motivation.