• Engineer and Honor Achievements.

    An excerpt from Firing Up Commitment During Organizational Change

    Commitment grows when employees have a chance to contribute. Getting a job done carries its own reward. It feels good to finish things. Wrapping up a job, accomplishing something, increases job satisfaction in a way that even pay increases can’t touch. Achieving tough tasks, in particular, warms the spirit and feeds the soul. The result? People put more heart into their work.

    Create a work environment where people can achieve, and you create a climate of greater commitment. Every little accomplishment ratchets up a person’s sense of fulfillment. Successes, even the small ones, breed more commitment to the job.

    Employees want to know they make a difference. This gives meaning to their work, however mundane their accomplishments might seem to you. What counts is whether completing a task carries personal significance for the doer.

    Doing things—and doing them right—is a natural turn-on. In fact, the act of achievement is satisfying even when there are no spectators to cheer or be impressed. The triumph one feels in the process can be the best payoff, valued even more than some tangible reward. Studies of video arcades, for example, show that rewarding high scores with free games does little to increase playing or paying. People mainly plunk in their quarters to see how well they can do.

    Build commitment in your work group by giving people meaningful assignments they can carry to successful completion. Don’t let change, or the fear of change, immobilize employees. Your organization won’t sputter and stall from lack of commitment if you feed people’s need to achieve. 

    © 2012 PRITCHETT, LP