Motivation and empowerment
Or if you are happy for your business to remain small, you can continue to concentrate on the daily ‘nuts and bolts’ without worrying about personnel management issues. However, if you expect the business to grow, you inevitably have to employ people, and the ability to show leadership and to manage people more than effectively will be critical.
We train leadership skills either on a one to one/monthly or intense basis for managers and bosses or if you have several managers we can deliver to you as a workshop internally with your company. We can also deliver in a location where there is more than one business that wishes to gain from the experience of these workshops and also benefit from the networking experience that inevitably comes with these types of local or national workshops.
- Is created by some internal stimulus or force
- People are motivated when they want to do it
When people are motivated they behave differently – they tend to be:
- Hard-working – keen to get on with the job
- Less prone to time-wasting
- Easy to work with
People who are motivated and have a clear understanding of their tasks are more likely to “get on with it”.
They are more likely to achieve more than the minimum and to make suggestions as to how things can be improved.
Finding out what makes people “tick” is not always easy – everyone is different – what will fill one person with enthusiasm will leave another cold.
However, researchers into motivation have produced some useful models, which can help to understand what is likely to motivate, and why.
Using guidelines rather than rules can help you develop a motivational management style.
- Herzberg – Hygiene Factors and Motivators
- Maslow’s – Hierarchy of Needs
- Vrooms – Expectancy Theory
Practical ways to motivate are so important, we will help you put your learning into action. The word “Empowerment” means different things to different people and organisations. It can be defined along the lines of
“giving someone the freedom to take responsibility for their actions and ideas”.
The thinking behind empowering staff is that by delegating responsibility and by reducing hierarchies, work will be done more effectively and people will get greater satisfaction out of their work – leading to greater motivation.
This involves active participation in decision making and work planning.
Job enrichment is part of empowerment. It increases the challenge of the work.[