Management: Motivating in Challenging Times
by Duncan Brodie
Managing presents many challenges at the best of times. In the current economy where there are huge levels of uncertainty, it becomes even tougher. If you are managing right now you problem face some of the following challenges:
* Reducing the number of staff that you have to reduce costs
* Leaving vacant posts unfilled
* Delivering the same level of service with fewer resources
* People worrying about losing their job
* You wondering how secure your job is
* Producing additional information as every aspect of the organisation is more closely scrutinised
With all of these challenges, how can you as a manager keep your people motivated?
One of the common complaints people have in times of challenge and uncertainty is a lack of communication. There will be times when you can give people specific updates on what is going on. There will also be times when you have nothing specific to communicate but people will want to air their views and concerns. At these times it is important to be ready to listen.
Acknowledge others concerns
Even if you are not necessarily able to address people's concerns, it is vital that you can at least acknowledge those concerns. A good manager is able to step into the perspective of others and see things through their eyes or from their point of view.
Many organisations are having to put a complete freeze on pay increases at the moment. While pay by itself is not a top motivator for most employees, the fact that they are not getting one when their cost of living is going up could de-motivate. As the manager you need to be looking at different ways of motivating that does not cost anything. Praising people for work that they have delivered to a high standard or a trick situation that they dealt with can go a long way to keeping people motivated.
Bottom Line- While motivating in challenging times is tougher, some simple and basic things can go a long way towards keeping people motivated. So what simple things could you do in order to motivate?
Duncan Brodie may be contacted at http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements Ltd (G&A) works with individuals, teams and organisations to develop their management and leadership capability. Sign up for his free e-course and monthly newsletter at http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk