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Where Disengagement at Work Is Worse Than Joblessness

Where Disengagement at Work Is Worse Than Joblessness | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
In Germany, people who work for a bad manager report more worry, sadness, stress, anger, and physical pain than those who are unemployed.

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Top 10 Ways to Destroy Motivation at Work

Top 10 Ways to Destroy Motivation at Work | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

Want to know how to destroy motivation at work? These key factors, attitudes, and behaviors destroy motivation at work. It doesn't have to be that way. 

 

A sample from the list of 10:

 Make rules for the many because of the behavior of a few. Organizations need policies and rules to create a legal, ethical, effective workplace. They do not need a policy to solve every problem. 

 

Focus on mistakes and errors no matter how trivial they are in comparison with successes.
This is especially a problem at weekly meetings and during periodic performance evaluations. Managers must provide balanced feedback, but let’s get real. If an employee is making mistakes most of the time, why not fire the employee? The job must be a terrible fit for the employee’s skills and capabilities. To dwell only on problem areas destroys the employee’s confidence and self-esteem, makes the employee more error-prone, and makes your organization wonder why they promoted you to management.

 

Hold meetings, coaching sessions, and performance reviews in which the manager does the majority of the talking.
Only a rare employee will find a work environment in which he or she is talked at motivating. But, it happens frequently. Even in organizations that encourage employee involvement, managers are not always skilled at discussing performance with employees. The manager may be afraid that if he stops talking, the employee will make demands he can’t fulfill. The manager may

 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 31, 2013 12:00 AM

This is leaning gently toward distributed, groups and teams.  We'll see what's next.  Do you agree?

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The Employee Engagement Business Case – Latest Proof from Aon Hewitt

The Employee Engagement Business Case – Latest Proof from Aon Hewitt | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
A large part of my consulting work with companies and clients around the world is leading workshops on the power of strategic, social employee recognition to manage organization cultures and drive bottom-line growth through increased employee engagement,...
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Peter Senge on Systems Thinking » Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

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How Intrapreneurship Can Help You Innovate

How Intrapreneurship Can Help You Innovate | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Encouraging an intrapreneurial culture in your company won't reap instant innovation, but laying down some ground rules and cultivating that culture will.
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The New OPEN Forum

The New OPEN Forum | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
OPEN Forum is an online community to exchange insights, get advice from experts, and build connections to help your small business succeed.
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Can Leaders Build Trust? Leadership with Emotional Intelligence

Can Leaders Build Trust? Leadership with Emotional Intelligence | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Is it possible to build trust? What does it take for a leader to increase trust in a team? It starts with basic emotional intelligence skills and values.

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Ramiro Ponce's curator insight, August 2, 2013 12:05 PM

Model brave yet carefully communicated, integrity, walk your talk, deliver consistently on time, every time, and care genuinely for others. Build guts.

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Yes, it is possible to build trust. If you have enough self confidence, you will be able to have confidence in others. That is the base for trust.

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Emotional intelligence and trust will be at the core.

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"Do You Take Your Staff for Granted?"

"Do You Take Your Staff for Granted?" | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
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have you passed the Dorothy test?

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The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations - Forbes

The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations - Forbes | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations
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When it comes to the future of work and collaboration I've worked with and researched hundreds of companies.
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Are You Giving Employees the Right Kind of Praise?

Are You Giving Employees the Right Kind of Praise? | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
When your workers perform well, it's natural to want to praise them. But how you convey praise could impact decision-making, researchers say.
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How to tap the power of employee engagement - FCW.com

How to tap the power of employee engagement - FCW.com | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
How to tap the power of employee engagement FCW.com He defines employee engagement as “a heightened employee connection to work, the organization, the mission or coworkers.” Organizations with engaged employees perform better than those with...
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Engaging Employees After the Honeymoon Period

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Half of all employees start a new job engaged, but then their enthusiasm begins to wane. Here's how companies can reverse that trend.

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Papers from Collective Intelligence 2012 Conference Now Online | MIT Sloan Management Review

Papers from Collective Intelligence 2012 Conference Now Online | MIT Sloan Management Review | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Dhiraj Murthy, an assistant professor of sociology and
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Creating More Intelligent Organizations

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CIOs should keep track of ongoing research at MIT that could help ensure group collaboration results in better thinking, not worse.
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MIT's Thomas Malone on Collective Intelligence - A Smarter Planet Blog

MIT's Thomas Malone on Collective Intelligence - A Smarter Planet Blog | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence,  is one of the leading thinkers in the realm of anticipating how new technologies will transform the way work is done and leaders lead.
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Startup Founders Reveal 5 Ways to Build a Strong Culture

Startup Founders Reveal 5 Ways to Build a Strong Culture | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Instilling a strong company culture from day one can influence the success of your business. Follow the lead of successful founders, from TOMS to Buffer.
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Evolution 'punishes mean people'

Evolution 'punishes mean people' | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Evolution does not favour selfish people, according to new research that challenges a previous theory that suggests it is preferable to put yourself first.
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5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style [Infographic]

5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style [Infographic] | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Inspiring greatness is all about leading by example. The best leaders have these habits in common.

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Do you think Leadership is a 21st Century skill?  

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Unlimited Vacation Days: Treat Employees Like Adults

Unlimited Vacation Days: Treat Employees Like Adults | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
If you’re looking to improve your company culture and impact employee retention, it’s time to consider dropping your standard vacation day policy and taking a more flexible route. The
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Optimism's Role in Employee Motivation

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Let me clear that workplace optimism isn’t about observing the proverbial glass as half-full. It’s also not about taking a Pollyannaish viewpoint that denies reality.
What Workplace Optimism Is

Optimism at work is a belief employees hold, including managers, that it’s possible to do good work while at work. Furthermore, employees are inspired by the possibility of doing good work. The inspiration comes from another belief that the work employees do matters to the customer and to the employees themselves. The work is valued, needed, and useful to those who benefit from it.

Researcher Al Gini eloquently summed up the need for workplace optimism when linking our identity to the work we do. He said, “. . . we have forgotten or never really appreciated the fact that the business of work is not simply to produce goods, but also to help produce people.”
Beyond the Factory Mentality

If going to work is merely about exchanging time and labor for money, workplace optimism will not likely emerge. Before this new era of work, the transactional perspective of money for time and labor was viewed as enough in the employee-employer contract. The viewpoint also came with the belief that employees were replaceable cogs on the factory line. It’s not possible to believe one’s work matters when the manager’s breath is on your back as he looks to see if the work is done satisfactorily.

Employees are inspired by the possibility of doing good work. The inspiration comes from another belief that the work employees do matters to the customer and to the employees themselves.

Employees want to see something good, meaningful, and useful come from their hard work. Without these elements, motivating employees is impossible. The following four factors are causes of motivation triggered by workplace optimism:
Workplace Optimism Motivating Factors

Workplace optimism is a motivator. But optimism alone isn’t enough. It’s also what emerges from workplace optimism that motivates employees to contribute their best.

Optimism Enables Connection, Which Enables Optimism

When employees believe they have the opportunity to produce meaningful work pulled from their experiences and what they are learning, it’s a motivator to share it with others. This fosters connection with others, particularly with those who experience workplace optimism.

Optimism Helps Create Friendships That Create Optimism

Gallup has long advocated, not without controversy, that having a best friend at work helps with employee engagement. Connection helps to build friendships. Friendships create a sense of belonging. In Gallup’s, 12: The Elements of Great Managing, the research firm explains that the question predicts performance and that “affiliation . . . drives him to do positive things for the business he would not do.” Healthy, productive friendships will struggle to emerge if the vibe of the team or workplace is negative, combative, or too individualistic. We are human beings. And we crave connection. We need friendships, even at work.

Optimism Emerges from Meaningful Work

I’ve written quite a bit about workplace optimism. And this post positions the importance of meaningful work and its relationship to optimism.

Employees want to see something good, meaningful, and useful come from their hard work. Without these elements, motivating employees is impossible.

What I haven’t shared is that meaning is a search we all take on. In this global, 24/7 world, it’s natural to wonder how what you do matters. Work is a significant part of our lives. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to seek meaning in your work. And why not. You spend 1/3 of your adult life working.

A conscious manager will tap into the human nature of meaningful work, and position her team to find it in their work.

Optimism Helps Quality Work Happen

If you combine the three previous inputs to motivation, quality work is a greater possibility. It also becomes a badge of honor plucked from the employee’s passion, focus and diligence.

Workplace optimism is contagious. When a person or a team begins to experience the hope or belief in something good that is bigger than themselves, people want to be part of it. They want more. Optimism’s role in employee motivation positions the team and each employee with the opportunity to experience work that drives them to do better, to be better. And our workplaces could certainly use the boost that workplace optimism can provide.

 


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CEO Guru: Leadership

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One question that business leaders need to grapple with is deciding how "hands-on" and "hands-off" they should be, says Steve Tappin, who coaches chief executives.
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Emotional Contagion Can Take Down Your Whole Team

Emotional Contagion Can Take Down Your Whole Team | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
We had hired a new senior executive. Soon after settling in, he began to share his concerns with me. He was doing so, he assured me, only because he loved working for us, and he was looking out for the...
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