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Chrm Message From: bimal kapoor Total Posts: 25 Join Date: 13/04/2007
Rank: Executive Post Date: 01/05/2007 10:47:38 Points: 125 Location: United States

There has been a lot of talk in the industry about motivating employee,. There is no one golden rule to motivate them. It varies from person to person. A very important aspect is why do you want to motivate the employees. Do you want to reduce the attrition rate , do you want to enhance the performance of the employee, etc. So the motivation tool will depend on the reason for motivating employees.What I believe is that each person has differenrt needs and aspirations, so the only thing HR person can do is to create an
atmosphere of trust and harmony in the organization which is conducive enough for the employee to motivate himself.

Make an employee feel a part of the organization. And above all, show it through actions and not mere words. As the qoute goes- Action speak louder than words. Here again the management together with the HR and the employee himself can make the organization a better place to work.

Chrm Message From: lion_king Total Posts: 17 Join Date: 13/04/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 01/05/2007 10:50:24 Points: 85 Location: United States

Hi Bimal,

You have brought up some excellent points. As you all know, to motivate means 'give someone a reason for acting or to stimulate the interest of a person to perform a particular activity'.

The stimulating factor could vary person to person and even time to time for the same person.

Recognition and education are only two of the many initiatives we practice in our company. Continuous education is a key factor for the development of individuals and our company is well recognized for it.


Chrm Message From: jaswinder Total Posts: 51 Join Date: 13/04/2007  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 01/05/2007 10:53:28 Points: 255 Location: United States

Hello Team,

Just my opinion:

* I am completely against the term Motivating. To me it comes across as somewhere in between bribing and instigating. It says that my ultimate goal as a company is to ensure that my bottom line looks healthy. For that, I will tell you anything so that u deliver. Make you look like 'my main man', give u the ocassional bonus and look up smugly up at my boss and say 'hey, we've got a motivated bunch'. And maybe theres nothing wrong with that at all.

* I guess my greatest reservation is that we cannot use that word in communicating with our employees. On the one hand, we in HR love to say how transparent we are and that we exist for the greater good. Go up to an employee and tell him that we're doing the company picnic to motivate him - am not sure i'd like the look on his face.

On the other hand, talk of words like encouragement, fostering - nicer terms - terms which convince employees that i care about them as individuals - i care about their lives and their careers and i hope that their goals meet company goals and that we can work together for greater good of individual and organisation. Now i've probably taken off on a tangent and am merely ranting. Just to sum up, wouldn't it be better if we used a term other than Motivation when we are speaking of doing something to help our employees??



Chrm Message From: pOOrnima Total Posts: 31 Join Date: 13/04/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 02/05/2007 09:47:55 Points: 155 Location: United States

It is undoubtedly true that in todays world facing global recession in which Companies across the board are downsizing, terms like Motivation have become very dilute.

When, at the outset, the Employability terms are defined on thin lines, employee desnot bring his/her Commitment from the day he/she joins. Similarly, Cos donot welcome him/her with any strong commitment to his/her professional aspirations. So when there is no room for commitment on either side, can Motivation fill this gap & if yes, to what extent.

People say that in times of turbulence, the real role of HR begins when the main objective is to retain the best talent & help each of the employee to sail thru. But the only thing that happens is that temporarily HR emerges as a strategic link to business & when the tide is over, it receeds backto its support role.In most of the organisations I have read about, this has happened.Also HR as a strategic link to Business remains a mere eye wash.

Lets ponder on this further.



Chrm Message From: debbie74 Total Posts: 28 Join Date: 13/04/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 02/05/2007 10:00:34 Points: 140 Location: United States


As you know, to motivate means to provide with a motive. It is to look at the motives of people like Sherlock Homes and provide with that motive or fulfill that need. Management literature is flooded with theories of motivation.

Every individual is a unique creation. When you need to motivate people, you need to look at the uniqueness of the individual one the one hand and his motives on the other hand.

In organisation's it is possibe to survey motivating and demotivating factors. Once you identify the `Grwoth' and `Deficit' factors you can decide on action plans to improve motivation.

A number of factors (including the group dynamics, top management's commitment, employee relations / industrial relation climate, etc. ) determinte successful implementation of any `internvention' and therefore requires effective planning and implementaton. Experience in implementation of similar projects would help avoiding problems.


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