Why Some Managers Don't Motivate Employees

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-17-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why Some Managers Don't Motivate Employees
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    Why Some Managers Don't Motivate Employees

    Many managers fail to give their employees credit where credit is due, and others are not good about helping their staffers advance in their careers.
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    Half-Hearted
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    Half-Hearted

    Just 52% of the employees surveyed said they feel "super-engaged" at their current job.
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    Bad Bosses: Overlooked Contributions
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    Bad Bosses: Overlooked Contributions

    32% said their worst bosses never gave credit where credit was due.
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    Bad Bosses: Faint Praise

    28% of the respondents said their worst bosses rarely gave verbal praise or support.
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    Bad Bosses: Without a Map
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    Bad Bosses: Without a Map

    24% said their worst bosses didn't help them navigate a road to a promotion.
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    The 'People' Thing
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    The 'People' Thing

    60% said that, when interviewing at a new company, it's most important to know if employees feel appreciated, and 27% want to know how the rest of their potential team members feel about their boss.
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    Minor Concerns

    Only 5% of the respondents said they are most interested in how long it takes to get a promotion, and just 4% said they care the most about how often they'd get a raise.
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    Wish List

    33% of respondents want to know their manager always has their back. , 22% want a clearly defined career path., 17% want regular performance feedback., 16% want a results-driven bonus structure.
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    Elusive Appreciation

    55% of the respondents said they'd feel most disappointed if their boss never thanked them after going above and beyond to do a great job.
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    A team outing: 36%, Small spot bonus or gift: 28%, An email expressing gratitude: 19%, Assignment to an exciting project: 14%
 

A significant share of employees do not feel very engaged at work, according to a recent survey from Appirio. The resulting report, "The Human Touch for Tech Talent: Employee Retention Could Be as Simple as 'Thank You,'" sheds light on how "bad bosses" fall short in motivating employees. Many managers fail to give credit where credit is due, for example, and others aren't good about helping their staffers advance in their careers. As for the qualities workers look for in a boss? Think beyond promotions and raises because workers also want appreciation for strong performance, along with a sense that their managers "have their back" when the going gets rough. "While companies may try to lure prime candidates with outlandish perks, generous bonus structures and overinflated salaries, what workers actually want may be much simpler—and considerably less expensive," according to the report. "It is accepted that workers leave managers, not companies, and they choose to accept jobs for managers, too. While leaders may assume pay and career pathing are the most important issues a candidate examines when evaluating an offer, workers are far more concerned with more intangible benefits." More than 655 employees took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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