What drives your employees to perform?

What Drives Your Employees to Perform?

By Mark Probert

This blog post was first published on HRZone.com

In my previous blog post, I talked about having more meaningful conversations with employees. One aspect I touched on is understanding the motivations and drivers that help your employees perform. We know that when the work environment provides what employees need, they enjoy their role, are more engaged, and perform at higher levels. The challenge is how you uncover the essence of your employees’ needs. If you ask them, their answers are likely to be one or many of the following: career progression, opportunities to develop, fair compensation, and flexible work schedules., which are all examples of ‘benefits’ you regularly read in job descriptions. But employees’ needs run deeper than just those ‘contractual benefits.’

At Bridge, we have developed a deck of driver cards (as well as web app and mobile app versions) to help managers have those meaningful conversations with employees. The cards help employees prioritize values by understanding what is important to them and what ultimately drives them in their careers today.

Research has revealed that three-quarters of employees feel that they are on their own when determining how to develop their careers. The cards gamify and facilitate career conversations between managers and their teams to uncover essential careers. The cards and the conversation that happens due to using them help eliminate the disconnection felt by employees by empowering them to articulate what they value in their job.

The cards are grouped into seven categories of the following needs: 1) status, 2) meaning, 3) people, 4) enjoyment, 5) company attributes, 6) growth, 7) influence and security. These groups contain cards with choices; for example, the “company attributes” set of cards includes a “work-life balance” card and an  “inclusion” card.

With the cards separated into their categories, your employee chooses up to three drivers from each category based on the words they feel are the strongest drivers of their career.

By this point, you could have up to 18 cards or drivers! Now you’ll want to focus on the most critical drivers to them, shuffle the cards, and layout just five of them. Now run through the rest of the cards, placing them in front of your employee, and have them keep or swap the drivers until you have the five that are most important to them.

If you place the cards equally between you and have your employee move the cards closer to them. Suppose they feel that those needs are met or further away from them if their needs are not met within the context of the current role and environment.

By focusing on an employee’s five drivers for career development and satisfaction and understanding whether the employee’s needs are being adequately met, you can now have a meaningful career conversation. The Bridge Learning & Performance Platform can help employees identify the roles they want to pursue and the skills they will need. Bridge helps managers and employees create career development plans and connect them to relevant learning and performance tools they can use every day.

About Bridge

Bridge is a Learning & Performance platform that uniquely combines learning management, career & skill development, and performance management, all in one solution. With Bridge, you can turn stale and ineffective learning & performance review programs into a seamless, dynamic, and engaging experience for employees and managers alike. Used by more than 800 companies worldwide, Bridge helps companies achieve their strategic people development goals by facilitating connection, alignment, and growth across the entire organisation. See why Bridge is one of the easiest to use platforms that both employees and admins love.

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