Magazine article Workforce

Tips for Motivating a Low-Wage Workforce

Magazine article Workforce

Tips for Motivating a Low-Wage Workforce

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WORKFORCE's March 1997 survey on human resources professionals' thoughts about motivating a minimum-wage workforce, revealed that 62 percent of respondents say they have a problem retaining minimum wage workers strictly because of pay. Sixty-nine percent said they motivate such employees to better performance with incentives, such as bonuses, prizes or promotions. Finally, 53 percent said they've had to give benefits to minimum-wage workers because they were unable to retain them with pay alone.

So how do you keep a low-wage or minimum-wage workforce happy and productive? Here are three tips from Tony Bryant, human resources associate of Irving Tanning Co., a producer of fine leather products based in Hartland, Maine:

Connect workers to the big picture. It's easy to become discouraged when you can't see your impact on the final product. When you can see that your hard work is valuable, it makes you feel good.

Involve workers in decisions that affect their jobs. When making changes in policies and benefits, ask the workers their opinions. They're the ones who have to live with the decisions, so involve them in the process.

Encourage personal growth. …

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