Connected Leadership: 4 Myths to Employee Motivation

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Walt Disney is credited with saying that customer satisfaction is a directly connected to employee satisfaction.  We all know that dissatisfied employees can have an undesirable impact on our clients. In fact, a Gallup study reported that a startling 49% of workers are not engaged in their jobs.  If you think your employees may have checked out, it´s time to take a look at these 4 myths about employee motivation.

  1. Money is always a good motivator:  It´s no surprise these days that the desire for security often trumps everything.  And it´s true that money can help people from becoming less motivated.  Once that´s established, not every employee is motivated by the same thing.
  2. Your employees are motivated by the same things that motivate you: Go back to square one! Just because you hired them doesn´t make your employees a mirror image of you.  Think about it: For some people, more challenging work or the chance to develop new skills that does the trick. For others, it´s the opportunity for advancement, greater responsibility or a different title.
  3. An in-place team doesn´t need training:  The truth is, learning development is an ongoing process and a great way to show that your company is an employer of choice. An easy way to do this is to incorporate learning into your next quarterly meeting: designate one or two employees to help you prepare a case study or a discussion using one of your properties, for example.
  4. Recognition isn´t necessary: After all, people are lucky to have jobs, right? While that may be true, it´s also true that strategic recognition counts. And here´s the bonus: it´s cheap, mostly free and it´s easy!

For many of us, it´s almost budget and planning season. This is a great time to incorporate a strategic assessment of your business into your plan for next year. For 7 questions to ask to determine if your employees are connected, email me at:  and put “7 Questions” in the header.

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