A dose of motivation

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A dose of motivation

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 | Pioneer Avenues

A dose of motivation

Keeping employees motivated is one of the biggest challenges faced by organisations, more so during the pandemic. PIONEER AVENUES brings you a report on how industries can address it

Salary deduction, office politics, sinking self-esteem, job insecurity, and the never-ending struggle of balancing personal liabilities with professional deadlines, are the grim realities of today's corporate life. We have all been there, haven't we? A question that often stares right in the face of an employer is, 'How to keep my employees motivated?'

Motivational speakers and experts across industries in Corporate India have some valuable suggestions and way-outs to consider:

Genuine support to families of employees

Most of the experts believe that genuine support to employees’ families can be the biggest motivational factor for the majority. Bosses simply saying “we are here if you need us”, was never enough. Everyone has seen someone close to them terribly impacted in this pandemic. In such a period of intense vulnerability, imagine someone being there for them offering the stability, safety, and security that they need for themselves and their family. That is exactly where the employer steps up the ladder; from a boss to a responsible boss. This can be a game-changer in COVID times, offering a sense of togetherness that they need.

Rajorshi Ganguli, President and Global HR Head at Alkem Laboratories throws light on a few other things that can push your employees for good, “An employee will be motivated if they really love their work and find it enjoyable. Motivation comes from a wholesome combination of purposeful and meaningful work, good colleagues and managers, fair rewards, the opportunity to learn and grow in a positive culture, and a fulfilling family atmosphere. External interventions are important and act as a booster if the inherent drivers of motivation are present.”

Friendly work culture

The reduction to mere ‘Login Names’ especially in these COVID times has reduced their role to just Zoom calls. Employees have started questioning their role and importance in the company. An employer should reach out to the employees and strive extra to make them feel wanted. Make them realise their actual value in the company. Some informal discussions, the use of lingos or joke a little, even on the chats or meetings overcome the alienated feelings. And, on special occasions like festivals, celebrations, and in-house parties, informal-themed meetings with casual dressing will be great too.

Let the experts do what they are best at

This is where the role of professional motivators hops in. Experts, who understand the employee mindset, know their pain points and know exactly how to overcome those insecurities. The value of motivation is best described by Sudakshina Bhattacharya, CHRO, HDFC ERGO General Insurance, “Having a motivational speaker works very well as they help open up the space for new learning, build perspectives and enable reflections. Also, a motivational speaker helps people create, challenge, and strengthen the world view.”

Speaking of external sessions, Deepshikha Kumar, Founder, SpeakIn, Asia’s largest network of speakers and thought leaders, has observed a growing trend of organisations using motivational talks to bring together functions and levels at a single platform. She says, “Leaders are going above and beyond to bring in thought leaders and experts from different genres to create an agile and out-of-the-box thought process in their teams. Motivational speakers especially are a great tool to ensure the entire organisation comes together and bonds over a story or an inspirational message.”

Leaders are going above and beyond to bring in experts from different genres to create an agile and out-of-the-box thought process in their teams. Motivational sessions are a great tool to ensure the entire organisation comes together and bonds over a story or an inspirational message. Hopefully, camaraderie, productivity and hope will return soon to the Indian business community.

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