Perform: The Motivation Matters Blog

Thoughts and stories about management, leadership and making people want to work.

Elton Mayo and the Hawthorne Experiment

The experiments at the Hawthorne, Chicago plant of Western Electric are justly famous in the classic texts of social science. However, they remain largely unknown in the everyday world. A survey of   managers reveals that Hawthorne means nothing to many. Indeed, an online HR magazine recently included a reader’s question that asked if Hawthorn (sic) was fact or fiction! The results from the Hawthorne studies are an important input to understanding how to manage people....
By Stephen Walker | 26th April 2018 | Perform

Reward Systems

Employment is the exchange of your time and effort for reward. We all have firm ideas of how that works, don’t we? The rewards of work vary widely though....
By Stephen Walker | 19th April 2018 | Perform

Pay more for productivity?

Twice recently people have said to me that “obviously, the only way to get people to be more productive, to work harder, is to pay them more”! While I’m not enthusiastic about paying people less than the going rate, I know that a salary rise only gives a short-term incentive. It takes about six weeks for the pay rise to become the new normal pay....
By Stephen Walker | 8th March 2018 | Uncategorised

Employee Engagement Surveys

  Do we all agree that it is the manager’s job to be responsible for their team?...
By Stephen Walker | 22nd February 2018 | Perform

Top Ten Employee Engagement Tips

Tip#1: Employee Engagement isn’t something that is to be done and finished, it is a continuous living process. Tip#2: Employee Engagement is treating people as individuals, not as ‘units of labour’ or ‘human resources’, and making a human connection....
By Stephen Walker | 17th February 2018 | Perform

Grow the cake

The British have an innate sense of fair play. Try jumping the queue in Tesco and see what happens....
By Stephen Walker | 10th June 2017 | Perform

Ten ideas to absorb the increased costs from the National Minimum Wage escalator

The media is claiming that gloom and doom is spreading over UK businesses as the impact of the April rise in the minimum wage “ramps up” costs. Certainly, there are more increases expected every year to 2020 with a £9 an hour minimum wage (for over 25s) in the cross-hairs. Even then we would be behind our erstwhile friends in Europe....
By Stephen Walker | 14th May 2017 | Perform

Management Insights

Business people may be short of many things, but information isn’t one of them. Put “Employee Engagement” into Google and you get 9.7 million results! The problem is time: you want to keep abreast of the latest developments but you have limited time and don’t want to waste it on low grade information. We are in the fifth year of curating the best posts, on the subjects below, from across the web, for our Clients....
By Stephen Walker | 22nd March 2017 | Perform

Top Business Concerns 2017

The results of our survey of 2000 business contacts. Upcoming Performs will address the top concerns. Subscribe to Perform to be notified when they are published....
By mot-adm | 20th February 2017 | Perform

Productivity

There is a lot of confusion around Productivity and people are demanding action from the Government. The Government throws money at it, our money, and the Productivity confusion will get worse! Productivity is simple to understand, and needs very little time or money to improve. Can we just get on with it please?...
By mot-adm | 23rd January 2017 | Perform