September – How to Energize Low-Energy Employees or Help Employees Find Purpose*

These two topics are obviously closely related. A considerable amount of research suggests that finding “Purpose” in what you do is the key to happiness as well as energy.

A few points from the article include:

  1. Purpose gives power to eliminate distracting options;
  2. Confidence to take action, even if others don’t;
  3. Grit when progress stalls;
  4. Criteria for choosing who to serve and where to work; and
  5. Finding purpose is like finding fire.

If you need help, look in the Motivation chapter of my book, the ABZs of Planning Management, where I list a series of motivation suggestions, see Page 169. Here are a few selected ones.

  • Assign a new task not previously handled that stretches a person;
  • Employees sign and send letters to external parties without prior clearance;
  • Employees negotiate directly with other departments;
  • Employee signs all documents for projects he or she is leading;
  • Allow each employee to devote a percentage of time to unspecified work;
  • Allow maximum freedom in office space; and
  • Give everyone a fancy job title.

Finally, ask employees to tell you their story, After listening, say it back.

The Management Doctor

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress.

Working hard for something we care about is called passion.

*Topics suggested by ICMA Smart Brief