Your female employees may feel a lack of ambition because the very word has negative associations, such as selfishness, self-aggrandizement and the manipulation of others for one’s own gain. The lack of ambition may also result from a lack of mentors, especially female mentors, available to women. A survey found that one in five women never had a mentor and that half never had a female mentor.
Make Mentoring a Requirement
Because of the lack of mentoring women receive, you must make mentoring a requirement. Align each of your new employees with an executive who can act as a mentor to professionally coach and guide the new employee.
Raise the Office Temperature
Did you know that a cold office can have a strong impact on the level of productivity of women? A study from Cornwell University revealed that due to a difference in body weight, most women become cold more easily than men. Also, setting temperatures to a warmer level is better for the environment.
Show Women Their Work Is Appreciated
Women often respond well to acknowledgement and feeling appreciated. It is necessary that acknowledgement be distributed evenly among employees so that it does not feel like favoritism.
Offer More Work Flexibility
If you would like not only to motivate your employees, but also to attract and retain more women as employees, offer more work flexibility. This includes incorporating flex hours where employees are allowed to optionally come to work to add extra hours to the time clock, more sick days and more vacation time.
Get To Know Your Employees
Get to know your employees on an individual level and understand what they are concerned about. For example, if you have an employee who wants to spend more time with her family, but cannot afford a day off, consider offering a paid day off as a reward for a successful project. Also, getting to know your employees will help them feel as if they matter to you as individuals, which can make them feel more appreciated and motivated to work harder.
Increasing the motivation of the employees in your workplace will not only lead to greater productivity, but will also make your workplace healthier and more connected workplace that will have less conflict and a greater employee retention rate.
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Dr. Christi Monk is the founder of the Workplace Survival Institute which helps organizations build a culture of “connectedness”. She is also the founder of The Confidence Suite which teaches women how to tap into their core value system so they are more effective, confident and productive contributors in the workplace and their communities. She received her doctoral degree in Management of Organizational Leadership Studies and is certified in Conflict Resolution and Workplace Mediation. Her published work is entitled Workplace Bullying – In Search of a Clearer Definition. Dr. Monk is a certified trainer from the Workplace Bullying Institute.