Finding that Hidden Rock Star
Good employees can be hard to find, but finding great employees takes time, talent and tenacity. That’s usually because most people are only great when they’ve got the proper motivation.
A decent job with salary and benefits simply isn’t motivation enough to move employees from good to exceptional. Nearly all employees begin their positions with enthusiasm and an extra dose of can-do attitude. Over the years though, most employees can lose passion.
Here’s my top ten three tips for properly motivating employees to be the capable rock star you saw during the initial interview(s) and first few months.
1. Interview aggressively – It’s my personal belief that every employer should regularly interview prospective hires. Shoot for once a quarter at best or twice a year at minimum. You should have on file an active list of potentials (with the proper credentials, availability and up-to-date, completed paperwork) to fill in nearly any position within your organization. This does two things. First, it gives you as an employer confidence and keeps your expectations reasonable. Secondly, employees who are keenly aware of new hires cropping up without delay will earnestly affirm their worth within your company.
2. Offer quality continued education – Most companies are required to do annual checklist training or compliance certification. This is often treated as a pesky interference within the workday. Code compliance is imperative to the success of your organization. When ignored, your company can pay costly fines or fees. Show your employees that learning and properly implementing this information is beneficial and worthwhile to them and to you. Hire a third party to do team building in-between the certification or modular breaks. This is the least you can offer employees. If at all possible to hire a professional who understands the fine print of your work and who is skilled at motivational training, make it happen! Your employees will develop an increased appreciation for their work and you will reap dividends on that investment.
3. Create a flexible work description – Usually you’ve hired an individual because you CAN see the potential within them. However, once hired, their work can become monotonous if stuffed into a rigid job description. Consider options like task shifting so that you can find the best fits for your employees.
Let’s face it, some work can get repetitive. Still, you don’t have to loose quality players due to monotony. Use these starting points to elevate that rock star!