Hi All! I would like to ask how would you motivate employees to develop and grow in a very flat organizational structure? If there is only a certain level up to which you can grow what would you do to keep the good people in the company? Thanks!
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To answer your question regarding how to keep good people in the company, I would say each person has his own criteria to rate a great job. For example, mine are:
So, as you can see, money and career progression are just parts of the overall equation. And depending where you are with your career and your life, some parts might weight more than others (e.g. once you have a family, work-life balance might be no.1 criteria).
To answer your other question regarding how to motivate employees in a flat organizational structure, I would recommend you do an exercise taken from a book called Management 3.0 (written by Jurgen Appelo).
The exercise I’m talking about is called Moving Motivators. This exercise is really helping in finding out what are the intrinsic motivations that each person in the team has.
In a nutshell, you use a pack of 10 cards, each representing one intrinsic desire which motivates people the most:
Step 1. Ask what motivates each person
After you have the cards printed (you can use the attached file), you ask each person to place the cards in the order from Left (least important for them) to Right (most important).
Then, each of the team members should get a couple of minutes to explain his choices.
Step 2. Ask how would change affect each person’s motivation
Ask to consider a change in their work like, such as a department transformation, relocation, a new project, etc. If the change is positive, the participants are asked to move the cards upwards, or if the change is negative then downwards. If the change had no effect, the cards should remain in the middle. As in Step 1, ask each participant to explain their results to others.
Overall, this exercise generates a great team discussion and is great to realise similarities and differences in how each team member gets motivated.
And as a last thought, please have in mind this quote from Carl Buehner/Maya Angelou:
Hope this helps.