Question: We’ve been struggling with employee motivation. I know that younger employees don’t approach work the same way I did when I was starting out, but it seems that the work ethic has changed across the board. Employees don’t give that extra effort. They come in late and want to leave early. Everyone seems to be asking “What’s in it for me?” I know this is a toughie, but how do you go about motivating employees today?
Answer: This is a tough question, and one that does not lend itself to a simple answer. It is also one that I have been fielding more frequently. As an example, I recently was asked to give a speech to a professional group on the topic of “Who killed employee morale?” So, take solace in the fact that you are not the only manager struggling with this issue.