Appraisals are meant to measure the effectiveness of employees in their jobs. They give both the employee and the employer a clear picture of what needs to be done to optimize productivity.
Here are 5 tips you can use to ensure that you can use staff appraisals as excellent motivation tools to improve productivity at the workplace.
- Use Positive Feedback – There are two ways of stating the obvious. One is saying, “Hey, you are doing it all wrong here, here and here and if you do not improve you would have to look for another job.” The other is saying, “Hey, you are doing such a great job here. I am sure you could do this, this and this to ensure that the job is done to perfection. I am really counting on you on this.” Which of the two do you think will motivate an employee to improve his performance?
- Listen to What the Employees are Saying – You are not there to only highlight what the employee needs to do better; you are also there to ensure that the company does better for the employee as well. This is a complementary equation; the employee will work best for the company if the company does its best for the employee. The appraisal time is when most employees express their frustration about their work. Listen. Listen carefully and take steps to eliminate irritants and offer the employee the best possible work environment.
- Make Self-Appraisal Compulsory – It is important for the employee and yourself to know what they think about their capabilities and performance levels. The picture projected by comparing self-appraisals with the company appraisals, peer appraisals can be an eye-opening experience. Very often employees feel misunderstood and victimized until they see these comparisons; and when they do they realize where the problem lies.
- Set Measurable Indicators for Improvement – You want the employee to perform better, set goals. These should be clear cut, measurable, time bound and achievable. Hence, you need to know how much this employee can do, and show him how to reach there. It is exhilarating to discover one’s inner potential; you should be able to unlock it through the appraisals.
- Reward Improvement with Incentives – Have a reward plan so the employee can look forward to recognition for their achievement besides the satisfaction of the knowledge that now they are doing a great job.
Have a Positive Attitude at Work
A positive attitude can help you achieve great success. The same rule applies for your workplace. It’s important to love your job. However, if you’re stuck at a job that you don’t particularly enjoy, here are a few self-improvement tips that will help you overcome those negative thoughts and enable you to perform better at work.
- Stay Prepared
Life at work is stressful, and you can’t always be comfortable and happy at your workplace. It’s important for you to prepare yourself for the stress and hectic schedule that you might have to face. A positive attitude can take you a long way. It will also help your stress level go down when you work on some self-improvement tips that will help keep you calm and content at work. Focus on what’s important and let go of all the negative thoughts and energy that surround you.
- Give Respect
One of the best ways to maintain a positive attitude at work is to give respect. When you respect your co-workers, you’ll get it back and this will motivate you and encourage you to get more done. One of the key skills in personal development is to get along well with the people you work with, and respect is one of the most crucial factors that can help you maintain healthy work relationships and ensure you get more done at work with no stress and fights. Respecting your co-workers reduces the risk of conflicts, and this keeps the work environment positive and happy.
- Rest Well
If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll be grumpy and tired at work, and this can make you angry. If you want to maintain a positive attitude at work, it’s really important for you to get adequate rest and sleep well. It’s always preferred to go to bed early during the week so you wake up fresh and ready for work the following day. On average people need at least 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep in order for them to feel refreshed the following day.
- Set Goals
One of the best self-improvement tips of all times that have never failed is to set realistic goals. Encourage your team members to plan new events, ideas and goal at work and work towards achieving these goals as a team. This will automatically create a positive attitude at work and enable the company to achieve growth and success. Working with an attitude to help the company grow will automatically ensure you secure your position in the company and this will bring a positive attitude to your workplace.
What Is the Weather Like In Your Organisation?
Climate can be defined as the weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, sunshine, cloudiness or wind, throughout the year.
The climate of an organisation can be seen in the same light. Social climates are created in an organisation and these affect the productivity and efficiency of individual team members. Team members are energised if they function in a positive organisational climate.
The physical location, equipment, office set up as well as company policies, systems, procedures and practices of an organisation all contribute towards the organisation structure. The organisation’s structure in turn can either enhance or block the flow of energy, thereby affecting the climate of the organisation.
The organisation’s climate provides a good indication to individual team members what behaviours and attitudes are important, and therefore rewarded, by the organisation. This directly impacts on individual performance such as:
- motivation and commitment,
- group decision-making, and
In order to create a positive energised climate within an organisation, there should be a clear understanding of the various components to the organisational climate. These are:
- What is valued by the organisation?
- How business is done in the organisation?
- What the organisation’s priorities are?
While an organisation culture tends to be deep and stable and culture and climate are related, climate often proves easier to assess and change.
By Dr Lynn Derman
We live in a society where we are very quick to find excuses and reasons as to why ‘we can’t’
Few of us realise that we have the ability to control our own destinies and, that we need to take accountability for our decisions and choices. If we keep looking to others to make it happen or, to fix things on our behalf, our journey in this life is not going to be one filled with successes.
If It Is Going to Be, It Has to Come From Me
Having the right attitude and approach will ensure you have a strong future ahead. There are four attitude grids. Passengers – people who ride on others and are happy to sit back and see what happens putting in little effort. Walking Dead – malcontents who are totally dis-engaged, well positioners and then the winners. People who see things positively and embrace life with the desire to rather win and participate in the race.
To encourage your own self development and to attract positive thinking and change your mind set, I strongly suggest having a vision for your future. Ask yourself questions like, “who do I want to be?’, ‘what value would I like to add?’ Put together your own mission statement outlining what is important to you. This should be a statement that you can add to as you mature and your values evolve. Your vision statement should include the following: your spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and social aspects of your life. Make this statement authentic. It helps in putting your vision to be objective about yourself and to work on understanding yourself better. If you have improved self-insight your vision will be more tangible.
Going through life blaming others when things go wrong is a recipe for disaster. Recently I met a brilliant actor who had an unfortunate accident. This accident left her semi paralysed on the left hand side of her body and hearing impaired. Instead of sitting back and dwelling on this horrific incident, she taught herself to get used to what was looking back at her in the mirror. To accept this new self. From there, she worked on new goals, a new vision and a new mission statement. She does not spend time talking about ‘if only’ she talks about ‘I will’ and ‘when I. This inspiring attitude has given her wings. She has fully embraced life and is someone who completely comprehends the saying: If It Is Going to Be, It Has to Come From Me.
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