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Quick test: Are your employees motivated?

by , 18 December 2013
Want to find out if your employees are motivated to perform to the best of their abilities? If so, get them to take this simple test.

It's vital to understand what employees want from work so you know what matters to them.

According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management, the Gallup Organisation has researched this question in depth and world-wide.

They have identified 12 questions that measure employee engagement.

Engaged employees are more productive, achieve better results and stay longer in a company than other employees.

In other words, engaged employees are motivated employees.

Can your employees pass the motivation test?

Get your employees to answer these questions to find out if they're motivated. Your employees need to answer these questions with a 'yes' or 'no'.

  1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
  2. Do I have the materials, equipment and tools to do my job correctly?
  3. Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day? (i.e. using my specific talents or strengths?)
  4. Do I receive frequent recognition or praise for doing good work?
  5. Does my manager seem to care about me as a person?
  6. Does my manager encourage my development?
  7. Do my opinions seem to count at work?
  8. Do I feel that my job is important to the company's purpose and goals?
  9. Are my colleagues committed to doing quality work?
  10. Do I have a close friend at work?
  11. Does my manager talk to me regularly about my progress?
  12. Have I had opportunities to learn and grow at work over the last year?

Analyse your answers – which questions got a 'no' response?

Select priority areas from the questions marked 'no' using this guideline:

  • The conditions referred to in these 12 questions should be addressed sequentially from one to 12 to 'engage' your employees fully.
  • Questions one and two are the starting point. They lay the foundation. These two conditions are absolutely essential, as they address the primary concerns of employees.
  • Now you build on and nurture this foundation, by ensuring that the conditions from question 3, 4, 5 and 6 are in place. These conditions make employees feel valued.
  • Next are the conditions in questions 7, 8, 9 and 10. These relate to building the bridges between employees in the team, teamwork and teambuilding. They also foster employee participation and alignment of employees with the company's goals.
  • The last conditions you need to address are 11 and 12. These focus on ensuring progress, challenge and growth for employees.

Once you've selected the priorities that require your attention, review your practices in these areas and implement new approaches – building on these sequentially. Once you have all 12 conditions in place, it's important for you to maintain and sustain all 12 conditions for employee motivation.

Remember, a motivational work environment results in employees giving their best.

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