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5 Easy Ways To Motivate – And Demotivate – Employees

1. Align individual economic interests with company performance - Okay, so this first one isn't quite as easy as the others;  it does take more doing at the highest management levels than the rest.   But incentive compensation programs that give employees at all levels of an organization a chance to benefit when a company prospers... can naturally boost motivation (always assuming solid individual performance in order for one to share in financial rewards). 2. Take a genuine interest in the future path of an employee's career  - It does wonders for an employee's attitude to believe that a manager really cares about where his or her career is headed.  Mentoring, coaching, suggesting additional training or coursework -  all of these can be helpful to employees, and highly valued. 3. Take a genuine interest in their work-life balance - To the extent that managers can offer some flexibility in schedules... and be understanding about family commitments, doctors' appointments and so on - such sensitivity can be greatly appreciated.  Small gestures often make a big difference. 4.  Listen - This is an easy one: Just listen thoughtfully.   To employees' ideas for job improvement... or their problems, concerns, frustrations, conflicts, dramas, kids' issues, parents' issues, grandparents' issues - you name it, I've heard it.   Okay, so you do have to separate the wheat from the chaff and as a manager it can wear you out at times - but within reason, intelligent listening is an integral part of the job.  (If someone is a chronic malingerer, and carps for the sake of carping, just tell them to knock it off and get back to work.  But if someone is a good employee... well, people appreciate being heard.) 5. Do unto others as you would have done unto you -  When it comes to treatment of subordinates, this...

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HELP! SHOULD I SEND HAND WRITTEN JOB APPLICATIONS?

Dear Aunty,  Please can you confirm the best way to send job application letters? I mean should I send written or typed job application letters?   Aunty says, Thank you for your letter. This is a question that I am often asked and I am happy to help clarify this issue for you. In most cases you should submit typed application letters. Typed applications are appropriate for job applications as they are: suitable for business use easier for employers and recruiters to read easier for you to spell check and amend The only exception is when the job advertisement specifically stipulated that job applications should be hand written. If this is the case then you should submit a hand-written application. When typing an application you should use a clearly recognizable font (such as Arial, Times New Roman), a suitable font size (12pt) and a black or grey font colour. Job applications usually consist of an application letter detailing why an employer might want to consider offering you employment, together with a CV outlining your relevant skills and experience. I hope that this information will of use to you and others in Zimbabwe and wish you all the best with your speculative job applications. Want to submit a problem to Aunty? You can send your career questions and problems to askaunty@jobszimbabwe.co.zw. Each problem will appear anonymously ensuring that your name and contact details will be kept private at all times.

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