Work Motivation Applied
Companies are seeking various ways of improving employee motivation and performance. One effective approach is the use of sabbaticals. The use of this approach is growing rapidly. The approach has two major benefits. First, it improves employees’ motivation and morale (Latham, 2011). Taking time away from the workplace gives an individual a break from the daily work routine. When the employee comes back to work, they have a fresh perspective and increased motivation.
According to Andrew & Tang (2005), employees come back from sabbaticals more refreshed and rejuvenated. They are more committed and motivated to execute their tasks. Second, sabbaticals improve performance. When employees come back from sabbaticals, they feel more motivated and bring renewed energy to the workplace. This means that they come back more productive resulting in improved performance. Also, sabbaticals help fight the effects of job burnout and retain talented staff. This plays a great role in improving individual as well as organizational performance.
To create an environment that would prompt a creative exchange of ideas and outcomes, schedule regular team brainstorms. This involves building ongoing brainstorm sessions. During these meetings, build a culture of open engagement. For the selected ideas, offer incentives. Incentives such as free lunch would go a long way to improve motivation and fuel innovation (Latham, 2011). For the creative exchange of ideas, I would go ahead and encourage mistakes. This would help employees understand that not all creative ideas will win. However, it will create a comfortable environment to brainstorm ideas creating room for innovativeness. I would also bring members from various departments into the brainstorming sessions. This would further encourage the creative sharing of ideas and bringing them alive.
Andrew, C. & Tang, T. (2005). Sabbaticals and Employee Motivation: Benefits, Concerns, and Implications. Journal of Education for Business, 80(3), 160-164.
Latham, G. (2011). Work Motivation: History, Theory, Research, and Practice. SAGE Publications, Inc.