In The Attitude “Alarm Clock” wrongful termination expert witness Charles Conine writes on hiring and motivating employees.
Hoping that they will succeed we provide them the tools — and we wait. We wait for the new hire’s skills to sharpen, her mind to focus solely on the task at hand. Sometimes it does, and we reward the effort. When her mind wanders, we remind her that “this is work, you know; you can daydream later.” Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s when we bring out the big guns: “Keep up like this, and you will be out of a job,” we say, knowing that only some employees will hear, let alone care about this admonition. Others will not hear or not care. Some are so impertinent they simply walk off the job which may seem an attractive alternative to hearing the words “you’re fired…”
All great performers possess an attitude “alarm clock”. They know when it’s time to add effort and when to let others take the lead… Can we teach employees to possess an attitude “alarm clock?” The subject of much debate, this is. What is very clear, however, is that great attitudes are catchy, and where one resides, others will follow.