The No-Cost Way to Motivate – A manager’s genuine interest in employees’ lives pays off at every level, in every job

April 12, 2010

Excellent article by Patrick Lencioni about a very simple, very human way of caring for and encouraging those that you manage. Click here to read the entire article.  Following is a brief excerpt from the post.

Lost amid the justifiable concern about the 9.7% of U.S. workers who are unemployed is the well-being of the other 90.3%, many of whom are miserable. They feel they’re out of options and that management has little incentive to make their work lives more meaningful.

Even well-intentioned managers—as most are—feel their hands are now tied when it comes to motivating and engaging their workers. What can they do?

Plenty— But then I think about that quote from 18th century writer Samuel Johnson: “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.”

So here’s a reminder for managers: Take an active, genuine interest in the lives of your employees

One of the greatest causes of misery for employees is the feeling that the person they work for isn’t interested in who they are and what goes on in their lives, personally or professionally. Regardless of how much money people make and whether their jobs suit them, if they feel anonymous they’ll dread going to work—and return home deflated.

The truth is, whether we’re managing executives in a global technology company, linebackers in the NFL, or rowers in the hull of a ship, if we can’t find a way to take an interest in our employees as people, we’re committing them to a miserable work life.”

So – just a little time invested in learning about your people and truly caring about them is not only the right thing to do – it is smart from a business point of view.

Interesting how basic Biblical principles work is it not?  By the way – check out the blog post on The Way of the Shepherd.

BG