Bringing people on board

Hi all. back from some months but was (and still is) a very complex period.

In any case we restart our publishing šŸ™‚ and we do it by analyzing a possible strategy to motivate people on tedious tasks.

All of us have come into a moment where, facing your team that asks to be convinced to do something Ā , you have the impulse to force your decision without losing too much time to explain it. You are the boss, isn’t it?
And at the end you obtained what you wanted but probably disappointing your team and most likely not reaching the quality you wanted.
The issue is that we normally try to establish a positive approach in dealing with our employees, though if task is not exactly the most lovely they tend (as we do) to duck out and find excuses not to do it.
The problem is that enforcing the decision brings to:
  • people less motivated
  • possible errors
  • impacts on their (and our goals)
On the other side, most likely we are not eager to discuss too much and loose our time to convince people.
So what can be a way to break this stalled situation?
  • Find a common ground where to discuss: share your empathy on employee situation (e.g. by setting the employee work in context and set up a positive approach to the discussion).
  • Propose the task
  • Offer a reward (even immaterial) linked to the accomplishment of the task. Visibility into company is a good one to explore
  • Differentiate (not always the same person, he/she will perceive it as being the scapegoat)
Further readings:
  • Gamify: How Gamification Motivates People to Do Extraordinary Things; RoutledgeĀ
  • How to Get People to Do Stuff: Master the art and science of persuasion and motivation, New RidersĀ
  • How to Succeed with People: Remarkably easy ways to engage, influence and motivate almost anyone, CapstoneĀ


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Author: hotrao

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