Asking Employees What Motivates Them
Managers Frequently Try and Do Everything Themselves
A common mistake which many managers make is trying to come up with all the answers themselves without seeking help and advice from their employees. This can also be the case when it comes to determining what motivates their workers. Often the best way will be simply to ask what their various needs are which they would like to see realised from coming to work that need to be fulfilled in order to keep them motivated and productive. However many managers would much rather assume or try and work it out for themselves rather than take this time to have business coaching meetings or informal chats with their employees.
Delegating and Asking for Advice is Not Weakness
This can sometimes be put down to a manager feeling that it is somehow a show of weakness to ask for ideas or suggestions. They feel it is their responsibility and an expectation that they should come up with all of the strategies and ways to proceed, and that by asking others for assistance it will be perceived by "the troops" that they are incapable of coming up with what needs to be done.
Learning What Motivates Employees Can Be Essential Knowledge for a Manager
A manager who takes this attitude will soon find that they miss out on valuable ideas and suggestions for improvements that their employees are capable of coming up with if they are given the opportunity and a little encouragement to do so. They will also get a much clearer picture of what their various employees with their differing individual characteristics desire most from their work, and consequently what will have the greatest influence on their motivation and productivity. This can include many potential needs such as more job diversification, more training, increased authority, or greater financial rewards.