Why The EWP Approach Is So Powerful?
It is based on the fundamental psychobiological physical and emotional needs that are the basis of motivation for all people
It gives very clear and easily understood and applied processes for people
Provides multiple levels of solution interventions, including cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical
The results are very quick – people quickly recover from anxiety and become motivated to move forward
The service combines not only basic anxiety management but powerful tools to allow people to develop their lives
The service combines and promotes the use of alternative community based monetary and sharing systems as an experiential learning and awareness building tool
Promotes the impartial government funded Money Advice Service
Provides access to a UK network of therapists specialising in dealing with anxiety
Is an 8 week program of learning combining a comprehensive program of state of the art hands on practices and information designed to become a natural part of daily life
The human givens model of motivation theory
A powerful new approach to psychology, known as the human givens approach, recognises that we come into life with certain innate biological needs. When managers threaten or neglect these needs, or 'human givens', they create stress. This stress response triggers a wave of hormonal changes in the physiology. These changes effectively inhibit or suppress a range of those innate resources that we use to be productive and work in groups.
This hijacking of the brain, as it is sometimes called, can inhibit our enthusiasm, positivity, loyalty, and our ability to empathise with those around us. In addition, stress harms our ability to think straight, access our imagination and perform effectively. So, do you want to continue to stress your employees?
On the other hand, if you go some way to meet people’s biological needs, you can avoid creating stress and so enable people to maintain their optimum performance. Essentially all this means is to treat other people as adult human beings. Treat them as you would like to be treated yourself.
Here are ten suggestions that will help you meet key psychological needs and so avoid the usual pitfalls of stress inducing management.
Ten motivational tips
Tip number one - Provide recognition and social status - Give employees recognition for the work they do and the contribution they make. It costs nothing to show appreciation but the rewards to the organisation are immense.
Tip number two - Give a challenge - Human beings naturally rise to a challenge. This faculty is a key survival mechanism that has served us well over the eons. So why not make use of it? Give your employees a real challenge to work towards.
Tip number three - Ensure a sense of belonging - How can you expect loyalty unless you make this reciprocal? If you make people feel they belong, their natural state of loyalty will pay dividends. They will always be happy to go that extra mile and this will benefit the organisation in countless ways.
Tip number four - Empower participation in decision-making - Everyone has an innate need for some autonomy and control over their lives. Denying this human given with an authoritarian leadership style can be a real de-motivator. So, allow people to join in with the process of decision-making. In addition this is a great method to harvest new ideas and stimulate creative problem solving that really adds value to the organisation. This is a core aspect of Team Business Development's planning system
Tip number five - Provide ongoing feedback - Provide regular, forthright and ongoing feedback as to your employees’ progress. The annual appraisal is just not enough. Human beings need attention as well as recognition, so lavish people with ongoing positive feedback. At the same time deliver timely and non-personal negative feedback about areas of weakness. The biggest turn off is to let them just hang there in a void of indifference.
Tip number six - Enable work to be fun - Provide scope for fun that is intrinsic to the work. This can be as easy as allowing the employees to have a hand in designing their own work processes, work area and routine. Happy workers are productive workers.
Tip number seven - Allow social interaction - We are highly gregarious mammals and thrive off regular social interaction. Without this we tend to feel isolated and insecure and can get stressed as a result. Design a good level of social interaction into the work environment. This includes keeping operational units below a size of 150 people.
Tip number eight - Ensure a healthy routine - The long working hours culture in the UK causes stress in a variety of ways, not least of which is the simple exhaustion. Tiredness not only de-motivates, but also increases the mistakes we make.
Tip number nine - Instigate continual improvement - Instilling a culture of continuous improvement is a great natural motivator. Continuous improvement techniques based around adequate training, good teamwork, the devolvement of authority and problem solving to the lowest possible level are exhilarating and liberating. Continuous improvement intitiatives give a real sense of purpose and achievement to those involved. The you think you have arrived at the best you can ever do is the day to retire.
Tip number ten - Insist on high standards of quality and ethics - The two aspects are inextricably linked. Both low quality performance and poor ethics generate a wide range of negative reactions among staff. Nobody relishes working for an outfit with a cowboy reputation. Create an atmosphere of trust and openness in the working environment and you can improve energy levels by as much as 50%.