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But you can give them more of the 7 Non-Monetary Rewards that motivate people the most for employee retention
Know how to motivate employees without money using rapport building questions that clarify expectations, counter negativity in the workplace, and give people the language to express criticism and feedback without hurting morale.
People are Motivated When They're
1. Treated With Respect
2. Told What They're Doing Right (Demotivated by Hearing Mainly Negatives)
People are Motivated When
3. There's Clear Communication of Goals
4. They Feel Their Ideas are Listened to Fairly
5. The Person Closest to the Job is Given as Much Independence as Possible to Solve Problems their Own Way
Intelligent People are Motivated by
6. Learning New Things
7. Pride in Feeling They're Part of Something Bigger than Themselves
Click Below for Video Excerpts of Steve Penny Speaking on How to Motivate People with Non-Monetary Rewards at the World's Largest Human Resources Conference
Employees like Non-Monetary Rewards because most people value personal satisfaction over money. Studies consistently show workers value 7 Non-Monetary Rewards as the most vital components of job satisfaction, motivation and employee retention.
Non-Monetary Rewards Programs Provide Low Cost Employee Motivation in the Workplace
Know How to Apply the Seven Non-Monetary Rewards Employees Value Most
• Learn concrete, nuts and bolts questions and motivational techniques that enable you to maximize your impact in all seven areas – without spending money
• Know how to tell when actions cross the line from appropriate control which every business must have - to inappropriately controlling behavior that leaves people feeling disrespected and demotivated in the workplace
• Master rapport building questions that counter the two biggest demotivators – negativity and workplace politics for positive employee attitude
• Know what elements a formal Non-Monetary Rewards Program must have to be effective in the workplace
7 Ways to Motivate People that Don't Cost a Penny - Motivating People with Non-Monetary Rewards in the Workplace is the Message Every Employee Would Like Their Boss to Hear
Showing Respect - As Simple as Telling People What Impact They've Had On You!
Someone once asked Will Rogers what his definition of a gentleman was.
He said, "It could be some highbrow millionaire - or a Cherokee Indian. But it's someone who shows great caring for other people."
"Respect" is the Willingness to Show Consideration for Others.
The simplest and most important way you communicate respect is with genuine expressions of caring. On a practical, daily basis that means to as great a degree as possible make people a part of decisions that have an impact on their lives so they feel consensus rather than control.
Of course, every business has to control its assets, including its human assets. Your business is liable - and appropriate control goes with responsibility. What we're talking about is when things cross the line from appropriate control - which every business must have - to inappropriately controlling behavior that leaves people feeling disrespected.
Communicating respect doesn't cost money but takes time and caring, two things that too easily gets lost in the daily rush of business.
I've asked thousands of business people nationwide the question,
"How do you feel your personality changes working under pressure?"
The answers are consistent. Tighter in the gut. More irritable. More self-absorbed. Able to focus on fewer things. Sense of Humor goes. Stressed out.
These emotions are exactly the opposite of what we usually think of as expressions of respect. This may be one reason studies consistently find a gap between what management thinks they're putting out regarding respect and motivating employees - and how workers perceives management respecting them.
Effectively communicating respect means actively bridging the gap, because people feel respected where there's dialog and feel their input counts, disrespected when it's felt you have to take someone on their own terms.
The simplest ways to motivate employees in the workplace and keep your staff motivation high is to tell them what impact they've had on you. Remind them of something they said or did you never forgot. Make it specific, personalize it by using their name, and most importantly mean it. Your own sincerity is always your greatest asset for being heard.
Rapport building questions are another easy way to motivate people with non-monetary rewards that don't cost a penny. Good questions are the most powerful tools you have for establishing genuine rapport. Ask questions that get at perception clarification and show people their input counts.
Rapport building questions can be as simple as:
Is there anything I could be doing that would make your job easier?
Is there anything you'd like me to be doing more or less of?
Or simply ask the question,
Is everything OK?
Actively communicating respect includes respect for diverse viewpoints:
What does this look like to you?
Does that ring true with you?
I'd like to get your ideas about something.
Performance begins with expectations. Use simple questions that get at perception clarification and give people a voice so they feel consensus rather than control.
What do you feel it takes to be successful here?
The seeds of employees feeling disrespected and demotivated in the workplace often lay in unrealistic expectations. The "I wasn't hired to do this" attitude. Find out if expectations are over inflated and reality down here by asking questions that begin:
What are your expectations regarding... ?
What's your understanding of... ?
Most jobs are more a perception of performance than a tangible thing. Too often, our attention's centered on tasks rather than the person doing them. Ask questions that get at people's buy-in to know how to motivate people the most.
How would you like to see yourself growing in the short term and long term?
What are you looking forward to?
Have you ever had to quit a job because of a bad boss?
Negativity is a contagious emotion that feeds on itself. To me abusive people are like cannibals. It feels like they're eating me up emotionally to feed their own lack of well being.
To counter negativity in the workplace try to communicate clearly what it is you feel you would like respected. Most people don't think of themselves as being disrespectful. If you can preface that you are asking for respect for whatever you feel you need you'll usually stand the best chance of being heard.
The most important reason you treat people with respect is that's how you earn and keep their trust. Trust and sincerity are your greatest assets in establishing genuine rapport. It's something people carry from inside your organization to your customers clients and vendors.
Respect is Also a Very Perishable Commodity - Once Lost Almost Impossible to Rebuild!
Non-Monetary Rewards for Employee Motivation in the Workplace
What people say about the 7 Ways to Motivate People that Don't Cost a Penny - Non-Monetary Rewards Program for employee motivation in the workplace
Author/Motivational Speaker Steve Penny
"Found a topic that everyone could relate with. Excellent Speaker. Very informative!"
"This session's targeted exactly what's missing from my company."
"A lot of information given in a concise manner."
"Great topic – wish all employers could hear this!"
Comments from the Ohio State SHRM Conference attendees where this Keynote drew the largest opening day turnout to date. Almost forty percent of the audience of human resource professionals gave this presentation on how to motivate employees with Non-Monetary Rewards in the workplace a "10".