This week Ponca Works was talking to several employees whose job satisfaction was less than ideal. They like their jobs for the most part, they like their employers, but they were lacking in motivation in areas specific to their personality. We are all different, that's no shock to hear, especially to anyone who has tried to work as a team or in a marriage! That means that we are motivated differently, work differently, and accomplish tasks differently. If we don't feel like our employers (or supervisors) care about our feelings then job satisfaction will drop and the turnover rates will rise at those companies.
While doing our job the task is the main goal, whether it's ordering the supplies, making the product, fulfilling the order, developing the technology or refining the product, the atmosphere is just as important. There are obviously things that cannot be changed about a work environment, sometimes the temperature needs to be cold or it's a sterile environment and standards need to be kept up, or possibly shifts get longer as rise in demand grows. The thing we can change is knowing our employees and what motivates that person specifically. All people work for a paycheck, but what else besides money is motivating to them. Is it feeling cared for as an individual? Is it the ability to leave for a family emergency without guilt?
There are many tools to help you understand how your employees are wired. One great tool that I've seen successful many times over in developing a strong and motivated team is the "Now, Discover your Strengths" by Donald O. Clifton and Sally Byrne Woodbridge test and book. It allows for a leader to read about importance of motivation of that individual and understand the incentives that will mean the most to them. There are even hiring strategies on how to make a strong team of different types of people. Some of our local Ponca City industries have begun using this strategy and seeing huge drops in their turnover, because of people liking their team and feeling satisfaction in their jobs because of it.
If you're feeling like this is an area your company could grow in, please contact me by calling (580)765-7070 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Ponca Works director Liz Leaming shares her musings on the state of workforce in Ponca City, Oklahoma.