Performances management 101: Do these seven things to avoid demotivation

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 24 Jul. 2014

Tags: how to avoid demotivating employees, performance management, demotivating employees

One of the basic rules of performance management is to avoid demotivating your employees.

The reason?

You’ll never get the best out of your employees if they’re demotivated and this will end up costing you a fortune.

Since that’s a risk your company can’t afford to take, make sure you do the following seven things to avoid demotivating your employees – this will go a long way towards strengthening your performance management efforts.

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When it comes to performance management, make sure you do the following

#1: Always ensure your employee understands what you’ve instructed him to do.

Keep in mind that your level of understanding might be completely different to his. Ask him to repeat back your instructions to be sure he’s understood.

#2: Don’t subtly (and sometimes through body language) create a closed door – even though you say you have an open-door policy.

#3: Induct your employees properly.

In this article, we explain that induction and orientation programmes are about more than making your new employee feel welcome – they set the way forward for your employee’s time at your company.

Get it right and you won’t be sorry.

#4: Communicate your expectations clearly.

#5: Have self-confidence. You can’t expect your employee to if you don’t.

#6: Don’t set your employees up to fail. Don’t label poor performers and verbalise your feelings – your employees could make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

#7: Be approachable and share information with your employees.

Experts at the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management advise you to keep the lines of communication open to motivate your employees, communicate the goals of the organisation and allow employees to communicate openly and honestly with you.

Well there you have it: Doing these seven things will help ensure you stick to the basic rule of performance management: Avoiding demotivating your employees.

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