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Motivate Employees: Balance Job Enrichment and Job Enlargement

Jason Kulpa, CEO of Underground Elephant, covers how to balance job enrichment and job enlargement to motivate and inspire employees in his most recent contribution to Entrepreneur. Read the full article below or here.

Like most entrepreneurs, your early startup days were far from glamorous. Still, you wouldn’t trade those long nights and countless strategy sessions for anything. You rely on these experiences to help drive your company toward success. But what’s motivating your employees to do the same?

To uncover the influencers of employee motivation, satisfaction and dissatisfaction, psychologist Frederick Herzberg conducted a series of studies and stumbled across a fascinating discovery: The contributors to job satisfaction and dissatisfaction aren’t related. In other words, fixing problems or establishing a positive work environment won’t translate into more satisfied employees; it just means they’re no longer dissatisfied.

Herzberg concluded that true employee satisfaction rests in a fulfilling job experience – more commonly known as job enrichment or vertical job loading. Employers who deepened their staff’s knowledge through programs or benefits promoting achievement, recognition, responsibility and advancement had the happiest, most productive workforces. They also had more cohesive work cultures, increased company loyalty and more motivated teams.

To enrich the work experience and instill motivation in your employees implement these five practices into your organization:

1. Find a balance between job enrichment and job enlargement.

A growing business will inevitably require you to expand your employees’ duties and responsibilities, known as job enlargement or horizontal job loading. While some thrive under a heavier workload of diverse tasks, others prefer more intensive and challenging tasks. It’s important to understand where your employees fall on this spectrum so you can balance the duties and enrichment opportunities effectively, keeping everyone satisfied and motivated to go the extra mile.

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