The boredom problem.

The boredom problem

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The thing that most managers fail to realise is that people come to the workplace with a healthy level of intrinsic motivation and inspiration, said Bulent Gogdun, program director and executive coach at European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. In general, people want to contribute and be happy doing their job. “There’s a very natural, innate drive in us to do things and to succeed at what we’re doing,” Gogdun said.

22499e3It’s the manager’s job, then, to make sure employees don’t get bored with their work. If they do, the boss must figure out not just how to motivate them but what went wrong in losing their interest previously. That’s done by figuring out what inspires each member of your team. You need to figure out their calling and get them on it. “Each and every person will find something different for inspiration,” Gogdun said.

What motivates can differ by country and culture too. In China, Gogdun said, workers often want to feel like family with more of a group dynamic. That’s less important in northern Europe, where employees are more likely to be task-oriented and take inspiration from hitting goals. And in North America, people are more individualistic and may want more freedom to decide how their jobs get done.

No matter the country, people want to feel like their bosses care about them and understand their personal goals, said Edward Hess, professor of business administration at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in the US.
Many managers might assume inspiration comes from pep talks, said Hess, author of the book Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization. But autocratic leaders who try to pump their troops up with board meeting speeches often elicit more eye-rolling than inspiration.
In reality, it’s about meaningfully relating to employees, said Hess. It’s about being honest, authentic and letting an employee know you rely on them. Then, employees will care and be more engaged in their work.
“That’s how you inspire,” Hess said, “by showing your employees that you personally care about their well-being.”

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Leondakis has seen that in action at her company, which manages 41 hotels and resorts in North America and Europe. Polls of people across industries worldwide have found nearly two thirds of workers are not engaged with their work, so Leonadakis actively works to find inspiration for the hotel chain’s employees.
“It’s something often times CEOs and leaders leave to human resources – to inspire their employees,” Leondakis said. “It’s so critical that it starts at the top.”
Leondakis used the story of the front desk clerk buying diapers for a homeless woman to emphasise that hotel employees can keep customers happy by assuring their needs are met. That’s done not only by actions, but also by the employees showing that they care. It’s a kind of care that helps the company and is reflected in customer-generated reviews left on hotel rating websites like Trip Advisor.

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“I always tell my employees, ‘You have the power to make someone’s day. How great does that feel when someone does that for you? Why not do that for others?,’” she said.
The kind of empathetic approach you take on will certainly vary depending on your industry, but showing your staff that you care just might be the answer to keeping your employees inspired.

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Professional – Career * Qualified as a Charter Agent in the East Asiatic Company - Became a State Authorized Shipping Broker in 1969 * Captain in The Sirius Patrol – Greenland at Thule Air Base, 1969-1971 * Postings in New York, New Orleans, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos and London as Charter Agent and Manager 1972 – 1983 working for The East Asiatic Company Ltd. – Copenhagen * 24 years with The East Asiatic Company Ltd and subsidiary companies as Charter Agent, Marketing and Development Manager; and General Manager * Supplementary courses and examinations in Maritime and Commercial Law Management. * Founder and Owner of Sonata Production, Art and Music International Inc. – France & Denmark 1995 – present - Entertainment, Lectures, Concerts, Exhibition Events, CD, DVD and Video Recordings. Professional – Freelance * Qualified as trumpet player at Aarhus Music School – Denmark * Professional musician with several orchestras and bands – including the Matadors, Saratoga Jazz Band, Rice Wood Jokers and Aarhus Brass Band. * Leader of ”Show and Entertainment Group 28 Carat” and the Evening & Theatre School 28 Carat * Self-taught Artist (painter) Lecturer and Writer * Responsible for several large Theatre and Exhibition Events Worldwide Awards * Dutch Consul, Denmark * Goodwill Ambassador – Various Non-Profit Organizations
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