Managers Inspiring Employees

Careers, Management, Work Issues, Operational Efficiency, Employees
Curated By
Ray Lieber

Over the last 20+ years, Ray Lieber has served as an advisor, consultant, coach, and colleague to more than 1000 leaders with top organizations such as ExxonMobil, Superior Energy Services and Tulane University on wide-ranging employee engagement strategies at every phase of the employment cycle from hire-to-retire. Mr. Lieber is a certified Blackbelt Recruiter, Stay Interview Expert and Senior Certified Professional. Ray currently serves as Managing Partner for First Line HR LLC.

They Might Be Thinking:

  • How does my job relate to the mission of the organization and division?
  • Most of the team does not really seem engaged in our mission.
  • If your actions are focused on delivering on our vision, you will have the support of the organization.
  • Will I have the tools I need to do my job?
  • How can I do my job when most decisions are politically driven.
  • My boss always seems focused on my weaknesses instead of my strengths.
  • I don't see any reason to use my discretionary effort to work harder than anyone else.
  • If I find another job within the company, I should apply to see if I can find a place that cares about me as a human being before they see me as an employee.
  • Why should I go beyond what is required to earn my paycheck? It's just a job.
  • My company does not give me the tools I need to do my job.
  • There are lots of jobs out there. My manager should just be happy to have me show up on time. do I motivate my employees to perform more efficiently?
  • Will my efforts really make a difference?
  • Am I wasting my time focusing on trying to improve my employee engagement?

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • Good managers are the most valuable asset to the company.
  • Take time to get to know each of your employees. Once you know more about their personalities and goals, you will know how to connect with them and inspire them to achieve more.
  • Lead by your actions. Great leadership inspires employees to work harder.
  • Be respectful of their ideas and their time.
  • Recognize and communicate with them when they do a good job.
  • Celebrate the small victories. 
  • Trust them to handle big projects and new concepts. 
  • Hold weekly meetings or collaboration sessions where their ideas and opinions can be heard.
  • Reward your employees with something fun and out of the ordinary every now and then. For example, catered meals or mandatory vacation days are great surprises!
  • I am inspired by your leadership style. Your employees are blessed to have such a great manager.
  • “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” - Stephen R. Covey 

Words That Might Be Discouraging

  • I am not sure what I can say or do to motivate you to improve your performance.
  • You don't seem to really like working here.
  • You need to step up your activity, or you may be around for long.
  • Your career is your responsibility alone to manage.
  • I am not here to tell you what to do. I need you to figure it out on your own.
  • Just look at what everyone else is doing and fall in line.
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