Seven Solid Tips for Creating a Motivating Environment
by Ian Cook

A motivating environment promotes productivity, loyalty and even accountability—crucial employee traits in today’s business climate. Here are seven proven ideas from Ian Cook, CSP, that you can implement to improve your overall effectiveness as a manager in this area. For over twenty years, Ian, a speaker, trainer and facilitator, has been helping managers draw out the very best contributions their employees and teams can bring to the enterprise.

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CNU: Making Quality Education Accessible and Affordable

With the economy continuing to be a challenge for businesses everywhere, employers and their staff are feeling the strain of doing more with less. One smart solution more and more companies are turning to is to equip their streamlined staff with solid skills. “It’s a good way to maximize our human capital,” says HR Manager Garth Parker. “We find investing in our employees beneficial because it both equips them to be as productive as possible and conveys our interest in their long-term welfare”. Of course, one caveat is that the education must be affordable for both the employee and employer—and it should not interfere with the employees’ time on the job.

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Q.Some of my employees are asking me for the ability to access Facebook and other web sites that I consider time wasters. What is the best way to deal with this?

A. You need to develop a company policy and then stick to it. This is something that companies and managers will increasingly need to evaluate in light of the particulars of their situation. There is no right answer. A lax policy can create happier workers that are easier to attract and retain, but work does need to get done. Studies have recently found that employees who have access to sites like Facebook are, counterintuitively, more productive. On the other hand another study found that students who use Facebook get worse grades than those that don't. As with any study, it's important to remember that correlation does not equal causation, but it suggests this is an area that companies will want to carefully evaluate for themselves.


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