30. March 2012, 01:42 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Jobs need to have elements that provide satisfaction (beyond their pay) to those doing them. Employees who feel unfulfilled in their work can be as serious a problem, if not more so, than inefficient methods and procedures. By giving people more freedom to do their jobs in the manner they would prefer (within reason), the more satisfaction they will gain from it, and the result to the employer is generally an overall increase in morale and the accompanying rise in productivity.

Those in management and supervisory positions and generally considered more knowledgeable (and sometimes smarter) than those in subordinate positions. This may well be the case, but if those in management positions insist on micromanagement, or doing all the thinking, and requiring everything be done their way then there is little left to motivate their subordinates, or for them to take any satisfaction in their work.

Creating a work environment that provides people some independence in their work without losing all control takes a lot of management skill. It also hinges upon the type of job, and the judgment and abilities of those responsibly for handling it. To that end the following are some methods that may prove of value:

  • Manage by objectives — Give those who are especially capable a clear idea of the results required and leave the method to achieve those goals to them.
  • Suggesting methods — Provide a suggestion on methods to use to achieve objectives instead of requiring them, and with a clear understanding that people are free to devise alternate or better methods.
  • Consult people — Request ideas from those affected by a problem or proposed change, whether you think you need the input or not. You might find better ideas or options you had not considered.
  • Enhance positions — Delegate decisions as far down the organizational structure as possible. If an employee is capable of making certain decisions intelligently, there is no need to have to go to a supervisor. Similarly, if the supervisor is competent, there is no need for them to refer upwards again, and so on.
  • Guide your team — Rather than presenting your team with a slate of ideas and suggestions you have thought up, ask and guide them into making constructive suggestions, whether you have already thought of them or not.
  • Eliminate unnecessary rules — Allow people as much freedom as possible as long as they produce good results and do not interfere with others.

Practicing the above techniques will help foster good morale among a workforce, and if done without abdicating their own responsibilities and control of the situation, achieve excellent results.

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