Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Decoding Your Employee's Needs for Greater Performance
Each of us comes to the workplace with certain beliefs and motivations. We may not realize it but we create patterns in our behavior that help show the world what our actual intention is and what we are seeking from our environment. In some cases employees may not even know what they are seeking on a conscious level but continue to exhibit certain behaviors over and over.
Managers have the patience to watch, listen and learn from their employees will find that they can understand these patterns even better than the employees themselves. Watching from the outside is much more objective than watching from the inside the pattern. As managers learn more about the employees workplace behaviors they begin to understand the employee better.
Most companies simply push for standard ways of motivating employees through traditional job allocations and rewards. The system is based on the Industrial Era where people were herded together and asked to complete relatively simple tasks. As society progresses into the Internet Era greater individual consideration and differentiation will be needed.
Highly intellectual workers are a different sort of breed. They need to have the right environment and conditions to work at their maximum. If your just pulling a lever it doesn't require much thought but if you are inventing new things and developing highly complex projects the subtleties of performance will play a bigger role. Increases in intellectual workplace capacity accompanies greater self-direction.
This direction makes the commitment between employee and employer much stronger. The commitment becomes long-term and there is an opportunity to see and watch these patterns develop. An astute manager can see these patterns and then develop better motivating factors that help the employee perform better. Decoding is a process of understanding the models employees use to understand their environment and what beliefs and motivations help them do their best.