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From Jennifer, Director of Finance in Telecommunications:

My question right now is how do you motivate an employee that can do more to start contributing more than the bare minimum?

  • First, check for fit between role and employee, for skill set and interest, both
  • Have clear expectations for performance that are communicated well
  • Convey that the team member has your support and ask what they need from you to further succeed
  • Connect their work to its impact for the team and the overarching mission of the organization
  • Be specific, think impact
  • Ensure that the team is functioning well; the effect and influence of lateral leadership is real
  • Ask what they’re curious about in their role and the organization and where they’d like to stretch and grow
  • Provide real career pathing conversations related to the last bullet