Do Your Staff Have the Tools They Need to Do Their Job?
Forget inspirational morning briefs and inventive team-building games – want to know how to improve employee motivation? Give them the tools they need to do their job.
Now, don’t get me wrong: There are a lot of really great employee motivation tips out there, and a lot of them really work. But many of these ideas are only effective if you’ve already covered the basics.
So today, I want to touch on the importance of making sure your people are properly equipped.
What Does it Mean to Make Sure Employees are Properly Equipped?
Giving your staff the tools they need to do their job is about more than just making sure they have desk space and a working telephone – it’s about making sure they have every relevant resource their job role requires, and making sure that all of these resources are in good, working order and within easy reach.
For example, an outbound sales executive working in a call centre might indeed have a desk and a working telephone. But what if their leads are so poor that they’re spending half of their day struggling to find a decision maker to speak to? OK, so you might argue that it’s their job to separate the wheat from the chaff – and you might even be right. But think about it from their perspective: Are they likely to be overflowing with motivation when they’re spending half of their day entering “wrong number” into data records?
And remember, ‘resources’ doesn’t just mean ‘things’ (like telephones, data, software etc.) – it can include people. Does everybody in your company have sufficient support from colleagues to do their job? If you have a one-person-band doing a three-person-job, then probably not – even if they do have pens falling out of their draws, and an iPad for every square-foot of desk space.
Is it Time to Review the Resources You’re Providing?
If you’re struggling to motivate your staff, then stop what you’re doing and take half an hour to identify exactly what each de-motivated person needs to do their job effectively and happily. Ask them, even!
If there’s something missing that you can provide, then you might just find some of your motivation issues solved. Only if they truly do have it all should you consider having a stern word with that guru who suggested you play that weird team game last Friday!
Stay ahead with HR
Get free HR insights, expert tips and exclusive interviews, and start making more impact at work
HR Software Optimised for Beaches or Sofas
What would you do with the unrestricted freedom to work from anywhere? Would you stay in the office, work from your sofa or kick back and work from the comfort of sandy paradise? This 1min video is all about HR software optimised for beaches and sofas. Enjoy!
Will Your HR Software Survive the Mobile Revolution
Why HR Super Heroes Need ‘Responsive Design’
Embark on your most ambitious HR journey to date
This short video takes you through the different ways people helps you work smarter, challenge your abilities and get yourself noticed – all using one simple, stunning cloud-based platform.
What is the Bradford Factor?
Ever wondered how the Bradford Factor formula calculates your employees' absence scores? Check out this graphic to have the Bradford Factor calculation explained to you clearly.
So… Who Exactly ARE You?!
If you like the sound of People, but you’re not familiar with the name… then it’s only natural that you’ll have questions.
6 Reasons People’s HR System Delivers Something Different
So many HR systems claim to be different. But when you actually look at what they offer, it’s easy to see that they’re all selling the same old thing...
See People HR in action
View our short video demo
Get started absolutely free
No credit card required