Are You Sure You Want That Promotion?

Certainly you do, but are you ready to accept the added responsibility?  Promotions are not generally given to people so that they can come in later, leave earlier, shop leisurely at lunch, have time for a few personal phone calls, spend a couple of hours at the gym, or take long walks in the park.  As a matter of fact, not only does a promotion mean greater commitment, it means dedication and much more responsibility.  It also means new awareness of others’ expectations.

Realistically speaking, the people who report to you are not nearly as accountable to you as you are to them.  Not fair, but that’s the way it is!  They expect you to be the best and that means you have to be or otherwise they won’t respect you. You have to set the example – no way can you let them disapprove of you.  If they do, you can forget about getting any enthusiastic support from your staff.

With every promotion, in addition to the obvious new demands, there are a lot of unexpected areas of accountability.  Many people want and need the challenge and recognition.  Others, when faced with the demands of a promotion, may find after some soul searching that “it’s not for me.”

Helpful Hint: If you really want that promotion – work now as if the announcement has already been made.  It could happen sooner than you think!

A Motivator Must Be Motivated to Motivate

In today’s uncertain economic environment success in business depends largely on motivated employees inspired to use their expertise and talents to their full potential. In spite of the many theories relating to the subject of “Motivation,” the fact is what may work for one individual may not even slightly impact another. The magic formula has not been found, but one thing is certain – it must begin at the top! You can’t expect employees to motivate management. However, some executives don’t seem to realize the important role they should play in helping inspire their staff.  

Management is the most powerful factor in employee motivation. A grudging hello can ruin a co-worker’s day while just a smile can set the tone for an entire organization. However, beyond the smile there should be interaction to learn more about what motivates people to make a more positive contribution. In doing so everyone benefits and motivators gain the satisfaction of being high on the respect ladder.  

Feeling valued by their supervisor in the workplace is key to high employee motivation and morale. It ranks right up there for most people with liking the work, competitive pay, as well as opportunities for training and advancement. Whatever their personal reasons for working, the bottom line is, employees want to be valued for a job well done by those they hold in high esteem. 

To be a motivated motivator it is both challenging and rewarding. All it really requires is that one pay particular attention every day to the meaningful aspects of management’s impact on life at work. In a growing technological era people are still the most valuable asset of any firm and when recognized as such their contribution will be greatly enhanced.