Monday, January 2, 2012

What motivates an employee?

    
If you are a manager and having a hard time figuring out what motivates an employee, there is good news for you. All you have to do is listen up. Most employees reveal by themselves the secret to what motivates them. Managers need to spend some one on one time with their employees. Let the employees do the talking and simply listen to cues while they speak.
    This is easier said than done since listening skills are not that common. Most people like to talk. Sometimes they even feel pressured to talk. True listeners have an edge over those who talk more. After you have heard your employees, you can process their thoughts with your own and have a better response. This has the dual advantage of you knowing what motivates the employee and the employee feeling good about being heard.
    A trick for those who tend to talk more and would like to change that habit into listening more – whenever you have the urge to talk, use your hand to cover your mouth subtly as a reminder to stop and listen first.

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Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
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