Motivating Employees to Achieve the Goals

I was out driving one day, and by the road, I saw a large piece of plywood, cut in the shape of a thermometer and painted in bright colors. At the top it said, “HELP us Raise $100,000 for the Fire Department.” It had a mark for each level of donation received. There it was: the goal, the visual representation of the goal, and the measurement. Managers need to do the same. I am not saying have a plywood sign in the lobby (although it wouldn’t be bad!). Teams need a visual map of the goal and how they are performing against the goal. It is the manager’s responsibility to keep the team “in the loop” as to how the objectives for the year are going. If they can check it themselves visually, all the better. ...

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