How to Improve Employee Motivation through Developmental Assessments

Wayne Nemeroff
August 10, 2009 — 2,347 views  
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Many organizations have a tough time grappling with employee motivation issues. Are financial incentives enough? How much is necessary for it to be a primary driver of performance? Again, if money is not the main motivator, how else do you improve employee motivation? Can organizations develop cost effective motivation programs for improving performance across the board?

The reason why this leads to so many questions is because research shows that motivated employees have a direct correlation with increased profits. The more companies work towards increasing employee motivation, the better their people are likely to perform at a higher level, deliver effective results, and stay with the organization.

Identifying the Developmental Needs

Financial incentives are often not enough to act as the primary drivers of performance. Different types of employees have different motivational needs, and they perform best when these needs are appropriately addressed. But if different employees are driven by different factors, how do you effectively motivate them? When you have to address each employee's unique needs and desires, it can really become a tricky proposition. This is where tools like employee assessments come into the picture.

Developmental Assessments can be used to improve employee motivation as they can help to extensively measure the various intrinsic needs, skills and attributes that are important for successful performance. These include motivation, energy level, cognitive abilities, leadership qualities, decision-making abilities, problem-solving skills, interpersonal and communication skills, work style behaviors, flexibility and stress tolerance. For utilizing human resources effectively, precise assessment of an employee's strengths and developmental priorities is very important.

Using Developmental Assessments to Improve Employee Motivation

With the help of developmental assessments, employees can be properly evaluated and their developmental profile mapped. Based on this analysis, the managers can accurately assess an employee's knowledge, ability, skills and strengths, and limitations. After this developmental audit, they can also use feedback from other sources like managerial and peer evaluations and behavioral ratings to identify specific developmental needs. Developmental assessments can also help to measure engagement levels, job satisfaction and employee values and motivation across a department, a division, and an entire organization.

The information collected through this process provides managers with a central perspective on the existing situation in the workplace, and identifies critical areas of concern that are affecting the total work experience. Using these tools, managers can specifically identify the key components that motivate each employee. For example, you can identify the exact job match for an individual, and put him in a position where he is a perfect fit. When a job profile matches an employee's abilities, interests, and personality, job dissatisfaction goes down and productivity increases.

Developmental assessments can thus provide a road map for developing employees one at a time in addition to engaging the total workforce. These Developmental Reviews offer organizations a means to audit their present workforce and determine which employees can benefit the most from different kinds of training and development programs.

About the Author

Dr. Wayne Nemeroff, CEO and founder of PsyMax Solutions is committed to helping employers and individuals increase their effectiveness and maximize their capabilities. To learn more about development assessments call 866-774-2273.

Wayne Nemeroff