Motivation: Beyond Money

As an employee in today’s workforce who consistently feels the weighty burden of coming to a job who neither rewards or appreciates you (my opinion solely), this was an excellent analysis of the thought of others and how to rectify this ongoing struggle. I, in no way, direct this at the company I work for, simply care to share my personal thoughts, and do deeply appreciate, though not always my ideal situation, having a job.

 

A student review of the article Motivating People: Getting Beyond Money from the McKinsey Quarterly:

As an incentive driven employee, financial reimbursement has proven to be a worthwhile approach to boosting my individual work ethic and pushing me to do tasks I normally am in great opposition to. Surprisingly, the article finds that studies show a greater return and minimized financial burden on non-financial motivators. Agreeably, financial gains are most often found to be short-term, as most companies cannot sustain consistent, and often unpredictable, compensation programs for their employees. Within the last four years of working for my current company, I can attest that both bonuses and raises are far from what I first experienced, and understandably, cause tension and aggravation when mentally comparing any and all situations experienced over the time span of employment.  Non-financial efforts have been noted, but again, not a follow through or consistent, falling in the mentioned categories of companies that try, but are unsuccessful, at implementing change in motivational structure. These would, thus, cause the damaging unintended consequences the McKinsey Quarterly describes.

With rapid declines in the job market and layoffs in all fields of work, reinforcing cost-based methods that increase overall job satisfaction and effectiveness of employees is more important than ever. One would think companies would see this “cheap” process as a huge money saving method to enhance productivity and lean towards less need for job cuts, but instead if appears businesses look at it as time consuming, and only follow through with stripping workers of all allotted job benefits to work towards. Most employees worry on a daily basis about bringing enough money home in their current job positions to pay their bills, or keeping a job period; employees should be motivated to see personal financial troubles as an inspiration to want to work towards company promotions or jobs with a larger, more stable organization. According to the McKinsey Quarterly, managers offer less employee admiration, task forces are fewer, and talent stimulus is less available. It’s honestly not a surprise our economy is in such a slump with work conditions the way they are and employees utterly unsatisfied. Management’s goal is to inspire its workers to achieve, and from that achievement is the satisfaction necessary to accommodate an environment conducive to a higher degree of work success and personal achievement.

The answer to this begins and ends with management. Businesses may provide training, but actually fears managerial insight, and managers can’t reach a point where they have mastered the ability to make workers work for them, without money involved. If managers aren’t accountable for increasing their ability to see past compensation and more directly focus on dedication, things will lie, as expressed in the article, right where things are, in constant decline with minimal recorded change. More discovery into this described thought process is another underlying matter, of which I personally agree with even more, and that is the time limitations. It’s easier to hide than try, and with no one being held accountable for their actions, or lack of reactions, this continues. This does create a highly damaging void, of which I personally can attest to experiencing more often than I care to admit. Why aren’t we trying to understand what motivates employees to succeed if it is they that support managerial bonuses and keeps our business afloat? If employees were to give less and less of them, as the article eludes managers do, how do we expect our business to sustain itself?

I find that one non-financial motivator particularly is an excellent representation of one way to motivate workers: provide an opportunity to lead. The article explains how this is powerful and inspirational, developing leadership qualities and capabilities, as well as creating a long-term benefit for the company. Employees absolutely feel they are not just another number on a payroll, but an important part of the bigger picture, and more importantly, needed to make the bigger picture a reality. They, too, are part of the future of a company they feel cares for them and have confidence in what they do. As the company invests more time in the expansion of that individual’s knowledge and ability, the employee invests more time and effort as an equal return to their company. It’s a mutually beneficial cycle of positive performance.

The McKinsey Quarterly I found to be extremely accurate in capturing the true sensation of today’s workforce, without bias. It has become harder and harder to get a true reading of the thoughts and feelings of the workforce due to constant fear of job jeopardy or retaliation. To hear from the viewpoint of the employee, as they experience their jobs, was refreshing, since most articles may mention these facts, but tend to lean more on the management facts not addressed by the company, or simply put the employee directly at fault. All in all, the article was very applicable.

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Encouragement of Bilingualism – FedEx Office Submission

Languages aside from English, Spanish particularly, are widely used in our country more and more. Being able to communicate and provide good customer service is difficult when there is a learning gap. We would strike a strong impression on our consumers were we able to demonstrate such a capability that most companies do not possess. This would also open us up to tap into new markets we currently are not capable of communicating effectively with, creating a loss in possible revenue. As a team member with a degree in integrated marketing communications, I understand the value of such a liaison amidst us.

Part 1: FedEx should create tests based on key languages they feel are a beneficial asset to the company. These tests can test the competency of a team member’s talents. Should a team member pass the test, with a pre-determined score or percentage correct, that team member would receive a small raise for their contribution to their team and their company. All team members who pass would be required to wear the drop down on our name badges that state our language competency.

Part 2: Provide team members compensation (a percentage of class and materials paid for, only if certain grades are obtained) for taking FedEx approved courses in foreign languages the company has voted are most used in the United States. This gives team members the opportunity to reach a higher learning, as well as provides a strong service to the company, without too much added expense to the team member. It would be co-beneficial for both parties. These team members would then be asked to take the language tests in order to receive any bonus long term for these capabilities.

Private property + Facebook = Out the Window Concept

My Facebook page belongs to me. It’s set to private, and only people I know have access to its contents. I’d like to say whatever I want to say on it, but somehow, it still doesn’t work out that way. Private property + Facebook = Out the window concept.

I’d like to have comfort in the thought that, as long as it’s not crossing the line, that I could write whatever I wanted to on my page. For example, someone makes me really mad and I just want to vent, so I write something about them and post it was a status update. Well, at least I feel better, right? Too bad it’s not possible. Hackers. Liars. Spies. Dishonesty. Those are all reasons and types of people that steal your private life right out from under you. They deny you of any personal right you MIGHT have had.

What if I paid for my Facebook page? Could it be free then? – I doubt it. People are always going to be assholes. Most people I’ve found are. To find a person I appreciate and respect nowadays… Near impossible. Even people on my Facebook I deem an enemy; Adding you means nothing more than “I feel I have to for purposes and reasons beyond my control” or “It’s the right/polite thing to do” or the rare “I just wanted to follow your page bc it’s the Facebook thing to do”.

I can’t wait until the day I can have somewhere to say what I want to say, and not be crucified for it. I’ll probably be long gone before it ever happens, if there is even any chance in it occurring in the first place. So much for freedom and the personal bubble concept, or even free speech for that matter. It’s all just an intention, not an actual reality. Reality, in reality, is more real than we know, and will come back to bite you.

Brown Bailout – Familiarize Yourself

Sign the petition today!!

http://www.brownbailout.com/?fbid=8YYTgTE4MJT

I encourage all my readers to read the paragraph below, click the link, and sign the petition to protect what will become of this challenge to the way our country and our world transports the goods we rely on day to day.

Join the Wall Street Journal in its stand, along with others, against what is being called “… Political favoritism at its worst, benefiting only UPS and Teamsters while raising transportation costs across the economy“.

(For a direct link to the exclusive Wall Street Journal article, click here: http://www.brownbailout.com/pdf/ws2010.pdf)

“Congress is considering a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, one version of which includes a UPS-backed provision that would make FedEx Express subject to labor regulations that govern trucking companies instead of regulations that apply to airlines. That change would make it easier for unions to organize certain groups of FedEx Express employees. In an April 26 editorial, the Wall Street Journal strongly criticized the proposed regulatory shift, writing: “If you can’t beat ’em, have Congress hobble ’em. That’s the motto of some in corporate America, and Exhibit A might be United Parcel Service’s campaign to get Washington to impose its labor woes on rival Federal Express. This would be one more union bailout at the expense of business competition and economic efficiency.'” – FedEx Knowledge Network

Updates @ 1:45am… 2 months Later. (Pardon)

Inspiration, as always, has led me back to my blog, then twitter. Oh how I missed you both!

A quick update for any followers of my ever so eventful life: Working for FedEx Office as a CCS in a compact car. Hard work, too much stress often, but a better paycheck. Heck, a paycheck period, which is quite a step up from my previous unemployed state of misery. I am pleased to announce, despite all odds (in my book I collectively call them this, as rashly as one can), I can announce I had my 3 month evaluation and I’m locked down. The company itself has an enormous amount of growth potential, as well as outstanding benefits. I look forward to going back to school… for free. I’m holding my own bill wise, and so, I got a tattoo to commemorate this occasion (kudos to Mike French of Blood, Sweat, and Tears Tattoo in Charlotte, NC). Josh and I are doing very well, his new car and all (long story for a rainy day)… I’m very pleased about this, because although he might never read this, he means the world to me and I would be lost without him in my life. He’s my everything, then some, and an apple (of my eye, of course). I love him dearly, and I do look forward to the chance that we might one day take it to the next level, and eventually have a family. (Side note: The first child, I have been informed, will be named Logan after Wolverine from the X-Men. True story.) We are looking into officially moving in together in a rental we found through friends in Charlotte off of Rozelles Ferry. Ikea, here we come! We’re already preparing in high anticipation. In the meantime, I got a bike and a tennis racket to blow off energy until the big move date. I can’t wait!

I also include some awesome tidbits, and so, for tonight’s momentous re-acquaintance of my blog and myself, here is some need to know things:

1. Shit My Days Says: Follow it on Twitter. Funniest page that has existed, if you have dirty, crude humor like I luckily gained from my father. It’s so random and makes me laugh contageously. They just released a book, which I WILL buy, check it out: http://shitmydadsays.com/book

2. Changing icons on a Mac can be done the easy way, the hard way, or the extreme way combined with the previous two options. For a tech fix and maybe the purchase of Candy Bar for $29 online, you can download whole folders of icons others have made and modify some or all icons together, semi-professionally. The downfalls are the cost, and no you can’t use cheat codes, and that the program is a bit difficult + a hassle to use. But go for it if you want to sound/look really smart in an overly complicated fashion. And for the easy way, followed by hours of addictive icon swaping, here goes: Google Images. Search for an icon. Be sure it’s a .PNG file, otherwise, this won’t work. Find the icon you currently use in Finder. Right click the google image and select copy image. Now right click the icon you’re trying to change in finder. Click Get Info. Click the icon in the very top left corner of the box that appeared on your screen. Press Command + V and… Free and easy icon changes!! To create your own, follow the above steps, but prior to: Draw your image clearly and dark on paper. Scan in and place in Illustrator. Create outlines. Clean these up using your mouse, or the really nice finished professional way i.e. a Waccom Tablet. Save. From here, follow the above methods.

Wa-la! Now you can say, today, you learned something! Now, go prosper.