In this current environment, we too often see morale getting washed out to sea while burnout and dissatisfaction keep rolling on in. You can help turn the tide by adjusting your leadership approach to inspire greater follower-ship and motivate your employees.
POD's Motivating Employees course explores the principles of motivation, communicating expectations, and developing credibility and influence with your employees. This workshop can give leaders the tools and strategies they need to get their teams revved up and moving forward. Past participants of this class appreciated the roleplaying exercises, group discussion, and learning about individual reward styles, as well as the instructor's examples, practical suggestions, and delivery.
If you feel confident about your overall motivational skills and leadership approach, it's still important to be vigilant about keeping retention and morale high. Mindy Kornberg, Vice President for Human Resources, shares the following tips:
- Ensure that supervisors encourage staff to use their earned annual leave and personal holiday.
- Reward professional staff up to six days of discretionary leave per calendar year.
- Allow telework or flexible scheduling, which can reduce commuting expense and enhance work/life balance.
- Recognize employees through means such as training, career development opportunities, and conference or professional association memberships.
- Encourage staff to make the most of their UW employment experience by understanding the many benefits of UW employment. The Resource, UWHR’s monthly e-newsletter, provides a wealth of information about benefits, discounts, and other perks.
- Ensure your organizational culture includes informal and formal recognition of staff accomplishments.
Mindy advises managers to contact their organization’s assigned HR consultant with questions about state restrictions or staff retention issues, and encourages everyone to remember UW CareLink, which offers a wide range of free services for managing personal and family concerns.