As the summer comes to a close, the energy that kept many employees motivated starts to wear out. Don’t lose your energy at any moment, experts insist.
Chris Averwater, author of the new book “Retail Truths: The Unconventional Wisdom of Retailing” (ABB Press, 2012) says it’s crucial for individuals to stay on top of their game, even when the dropping temperatures start to affect their mood and energy level. Often it’s the little details that keep you on track.
A third generation retailer who has spent 38 years building his own stores and assisting others, Averwater prides himself on knowing how to keep staff motivated.
“Motivated employees find ways. Unmotivated employees find excuses. You want to always take pride in what you accomplish,” explains the retailer from Memphis, Tenn.
Look for ways to work faster and better. You should take your role and responsibilities seriously.
Some more tips:
• Ask about goals that the department or the company may have. Ideally, your manager will share goals so all employees can participate in their achievement. If not, ask about them and the strategy for achieveing those goals. “It’s difficult for any of us to be committed to a cause we don’t understand and appreciate. Once we comprehend its importance and potential consequences, we muster far more energy and ingenuity,” he explains.
• Take responsibility of a project or a new initiative. Responsibility makes work challenging, interesting and fulfilling. But make sure you have sufficient information, effective tools, appropriate materials and accurate feedback to get the job done right.
• Keep communication lines open. Let your supervisors and co-workers know what you need and provide feedback when asked. Don’t be afraid to ask question of your superiors instead of your co-workers. In most cases, answers from co-workers aren’t the preferred ones. Don’t let communications with your supervisors deteriorate. Averwater says a poor relationship with the manager is the impetus for leaving a job more often than working conditions, pay, better opportunity or any other oft-cited reason. “In most cases, the cause for quitting is a confrontation,” he explains.
• Own your job. “When an employee makes her own decisions and improvements, she’ll work with more pride and dedication,” he explains. Look for ways to be more efficient and to do your job better.
• Work with a positive attitude. Do your part to keep the atmosphere in your organization sunny with your attitude and tome. If others work under you, it’s even more important to set a good example. “Decide to rededicate yourself to your work so that your people will have a good example to follow. When your words and actions match, the combination is a powerful illustration and endorsement of your processes and your credibility,” he says.
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