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How to Overcome Resistance When Motivating Employees

 

Learning how to overcome resistance when motivating employees can help you implement energy and morale boosting changes in your organization more easily.

 

Whether you’re trying to make changes for the company at large or for particular departments, you may notice that employees are resistant to change. Employees will be resistant to even the slightest changes, including motivation initiatives. It is usually better to plan change, but that may not always be possible. However, companies must remain adaptable to any situation to ensure survival. The best way to adapt is to keep your employees involved in the process. This will help them overcome their resistance to the changes and will benefit you both now, and in the future.

 

Considerations

 

Remember that change is a necessity for any company, but that it can threaten the culture of your workplace, such as core values, work environments and more. Fear is a natural response to change, even when employees will gain a lot more bonuses and options with the modification. It is important for you and your leaders to understand that there is a personal and professional stake in any change you decide upon. Before managers can overcome resistance, they must be able to comprehend it.

 

Types

 

Currently, you’re focused on motivation issues, but there are various types of changes that may occur in an organization. It’s important to understand the specific type of change at hand. This will make you more aware of how your employees may feel. When you understand how your employees feel you are better able to react and provide them with what they need to overcome fear or any other obstacles to manage change and make a smooth transition.

 

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What To Do

 

If your employees aren’t motivated right now, you’re losing revenue. You’ve decided that change is necessary and wonder how to go about it. The first step is to talk with the employees and let them know that the change is a positive initiative for everyone involved. You may need outside help in the form of professionals. Other professionals can come in and give motivational speeches or seminars to help employees understand the reason for the change.

 

In some cases, that may be enough for employees to change their ways and be more productive. In this case, you needn’t do anything else. However, other motivational methods can be employed to help your employees embrace the change. You may decide to give everyone a raise or give them bonuses when they meet their targets, but you could also give recognition (employee-of-the-month, etc.)

 

Another thing you can do to make resistance minimal is to allow the employee to decide how they want to be motivated. Let them give you ideas as to what they want. For example, you may think that a raise is the best option, but some people would prefer that you include health benefits for those that don’t work a full 40 hours or that you make changes elsewhere.

 

Learning how to overcome resistance to employee motivation initiatives can seem daunting, but it is a task that will pay dividends if done and managed correctly. Visit the website of Doug Dvorak to learn how he can help with the process.

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Frequency & Consistency Can Keep Your Motivational Juices Flowing

Frequency & Consistency 

Frequent & consistent action can help you stay motivated by allowing you to find a groove that permits work to flow smoothly. Even when you don’t get much done, you are working steadily which helps you remove anxiety, and just work. In turn, this allows you to accomplish a lot over any given period of time. You will always have down time, but staying consistent, frequently will ensure that those periods of downtime don’t get into your head and cause some major road blocks and stress. The task that is never started is often the most troublesome and being consistent frequently ensures little to no tasks go unstarted.

What you do every day of every week matters more than what you once in a while.

Don’t wait for moods, show up, whether you feel inspired or not. Tackle your most important tasks first – focus diligently for 60-90 minutes on the challenges that you believe have the most likelihood of adding long-term value to your life. Just like someone that goes to the gym for an hour multiple times a week that gains strength and momentum and no longer sees the gym as a chore. You will start to build creative muscle and momentum over time by working in 60-90 minute bursts.

The following is a very effective, productive and efficient working and learning practice to help you keep your motivational juices flowing.

Work in 60-90 minute “focus blocks”. Set this time aside like you would be setting an appointment with a customer. Don’t let anything interrupt this time, not your cell phone, emails, social media or even a customer’s call. This is precious time set aside to accomplish something that will help you achieve your long-term goals and it must be taken seriously.

lady-sitting-in-solitudeHowever, today it is also essential to find solitude to learn about your inner voice and what it is trying to teach you. Make sure to set time for solitude and make it a part of your daily routine. After a “focus block” take 10 minutes to sit in solitude. Sit and do nothing else for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Over time you may learn to sit with yourself and your thoughts for longer periods of time. This distraction-free period of solitude, especially after a 60-90 minute focus block will open your mind to new ideas and will also help you improve your ability to keep your attention focused.

By sitting with your thoughts and your breath you can digest your “focus block” and simply think. This will help you foster some of your most creative work. Otherwise, you drop the 60-90 minute focus block and get on your cell phone or jumping into the next project or email, completely leaving your focused energy without taking advantage of not only a bit of “me time” but also some great creative ideas that can help you stay motivated and ultimately achieve more.

 

Try practicing this a few times per week to keep your motivational juices flowing, and then maybe a few times per day to really see some dramatic results. This will not only help keep your motivational juices flowing, but it will foster productivity, efficiency, and focus.

 

Frequency is the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit time.

Consistency is the quality of achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time.

 

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4 Ways To Stay Motivated In The Morning

Learn how to stay motivated in the morning. Build these four practices into your morning routine and you will improve your day-to-day levels of energy, focus, and motivation.

Eat Breakfast: Eating a healthy breakfast gives you the energy you need to take on your day, it’s simple science. Eating breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism for the day. When you skip breakfast you aren’t nourishing your body properly/ You can feel sluggish without a source of fuel that allows you to take on your day’s responsibilities.

 

Drink Water: Hydrating your body after a night of sleep has many health benefits. By staying hydrated you will receive some great benefits including increased production of new blood and muscle cells, promotes weight loss and increases level of focus and energy.

 

Stretch: Performing a 10-minute stretching routine in the morning. Stretching for as little as 5 minutes can help promote blood flow and boost energy levels.

 

Make a List: By making a list you are preventing the anxiety of letting your day control you. By making a plan to approach the day you will feel less overwhelmed. This will help you stay motivated and focused on continuing to achieve your plan throughout the day.

 

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Getting Things Done – Balancing The Goals & Stress of Life & Work

“Getting Things Done Productively & Stress-Free 

Balancing The Goals & Stress of Work & Life

Presented by Doug Dvorak

 Speaker, Author, Consultant

© 2016 • Doug Dvorak – DMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved

www.dougdvorak.com • (847) 359-6969

 

 

 


Ever wish you could push a nitro button for your performance? You have arrived at your destination.

Some people always seem to be in high gear while others stagnate. This invigorating keynote address will replenish the pep in your step. Being motivated can become a daily struggle. The motivation battle is compounded when you have to navigate around commuting stress, multiple priorities with varying deadlines, and a fast-paced lifestyle – all of which can crash your engine. Our jobs and priorities are constantly changing adding even more stress and confusion to our lives. Let me be your travel guide through a presentation aimed to transform your view of work and life. I teach the audience strategies to arrive at goals by taking the positive route.

This keynote address provides the tools and guidelines to manage stressful business situations. Improving your stress management skills and executing business strategies with integrity and competence is the beginning of developing and maintaining strong client relationships.

Program Goal:

Burnout is a major personal and professional risk associated with high-stress jobs. This keynote builds each participant’s skill in balancing the goals and stresses of work and life.This program ensures each audience member receives a hearty laugh, leaves with a positive attitude, and experiences navigating daily life from the optimistic lane. I make positivity the focus and provide the audience with strategies to combat stress by staying focused and putting creative work first and reactive work second. Energy goes where attention flows, learning to focus your attention on important tasks and positivity throughout your day can improve your business and quality of life forever.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes :

  • Be more intentional and strategic when managing your workday, as opposed to relying on intuition alone
  • The importance of setting goals & prioritizing them (strategizing your day/week/month/quarter)
  • Serve as a source of optimism and enthusiasm while eliciting excellence and innovation
  • Provide the resources and support to encourage positive thinking
  • Recognize ways to reduce stress under a variety of conditions/circumstances
  • Think positively and remain motivated during times of change including crises
  • Consistently communicate an inspirational vision
  • Proven methods of initiating and implementing change to meet goals
  • Sustain the momentum – Motivate the audience
  • Execute business strategies with a focused vision
  • The key to communication (listening carefully, communicating clearly & focusing on a solution)

 

The program will be customized for your event.

We look forward to working with you and your organization.

Presentation Style:

The program will be upbeat with the right blend of motivation and humor and the stress management, business enhancing messages you want your group to internalize.

If you like what I have proposed, shortlist my application and I will follow up with references and a sample article that includes some of the content I plan to share with your audience. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you and your team. I know this will be an impactful, fun and educational experience for every attendee.

 

As a seasoned Emcee, Doug understands the pivotal role required in making your event a success.

Here’s what Doug delivers as your Professional Master of Ceremonies/Keynote Speaker:

  • Speak and entertain as required
  • Facilitate program flow and timeliness
  • Create customized, content-rich material
  • Connect the group to your overall meeting objectives
  • Manage all contingencies

 

You’re only one click away from access to whatever you need to promote and organize a speech Doug Dvorak —Hall-of-Fame Motivational speaker! If you have additional questions, need additional materials — or if there is anything our office might do to help as you’re planning your event, please don’t hesitate to connect with us.  (847.369.6969 or doug@dougdvorak.com)

 

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How To Use & Leverage Social Media To Heighten The Guest Experience

Almost every industry must find new and innovative ways to connect with their customers. For example, while hospitals and doctors will always be in demand, they can stand out from their competition by using social media to be perceived as more personable. It will be helpful for you to understand how to use and leverage the Internet and social media to heighten the guest experience for your customers.

Starting Out

Most businesses believe, incorrectly, that the guest experience doesn’t start until they are in your store, restaurant or on your website. However, with that assumption, you could be losing customers. Potential clients must be aware of your brand or name while they’re still in the search phase. You need to get yourself out there and have engaging content and a killer website, yes. However, you should also be using social media sites to provide your customers with a heightened experience and improved sense of brand awareness. Remember, if even one person sees your post or tweet, they may share it or tell someone else who is looking for the services you provide.

 

What To Do

The answer to what do you do isn’t a one-size-fits-all. It will depend on your industry and what you’re trying to achieve. If you want more people to order the most expensive item on the menu you should post pictures of it and explain what they get for their money and why it is worth the extra charge and more. If you want more people to buy from you instead of your competitors, you can post infographics about the benefits your product/service provides customers that the competitors leave out. If your customer service is superior, make sure you are getting social media customer reviews.

 

Tweetups are a new and innovative way to bring people together. You host an event at your location where people and sometimes celebrities come and have fun. You can provide activities, music, snacks or beverages and then let them all tweet about their wonderful experience. Make sure you create a hashtag for the event!

 

You can also use Facebook and other social media outlets to offer bonuses, such as discounts, free items and more. All they have to do is share the post, and they can get the coupon or code to get the special deal. Learning how to heighten the guest experience is a crucial skill you must develop. In the world of technology things are always changing and keeping up with the latest trends can help you stand out from the competition.

 

 

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