The Value of Valuing



Disturbing findings from the Gallup organization. In their recently released State of the American Workplace report, only 21% of employees strongly agree that their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work. Sixty percent of those surveyed say that the opportunity do what they do best in a role is “very important” to them. Employees want to add value. Here are some practical ideas on how to increase motivation and engagement on your team.

How does this person add value now?

Think about one specific individual. Make a list that includes answers to these questions:

  • In what ways does this person regularly add value?

  • How does she make a difference in your world?

  • What does she contribute that you would miss if she left your organization?

  • What do others count on her to do?

  • What things does she enjoy doing?

  • What things would she rather not do?

  • What can she teach others?

Be specific. And think about this for a few days. The list will no doubt grow as you begin to notice more ways that she adds value.

In what additional ways can this person add value?

What additional skills does this individual have that you could put to work? Are there any skills you know that she uses outside of work that would be helpful at work? What skills could you help her develop that would increase her skill set and help your team? Perhaps you’re just the person to help her grow by encouraging her to step out of her comfort zone to learn new skills.

Most people want to add value in their relationships, whether at work, at home or in other sorts of community. The best managers are those who look for ways to enable people to add value.

Let others know they’re valued

In addition to adding value, it is a basic human desire to be valued. Let others know that what they do makes a difference. And don’t wait for the annual performance review to share the good news. Regularly let people know specifically how you value them.

When you know your players, you can find ways to help them add value daily. And when people have the opportunity to add value, they are committed, motivated and engaged….especially when they know they’re valued.


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