How to Motivate Employees–You Need More than Quotes

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How to motivate employees is a common question.  Let’s start with understanding exactly what are motivated employees.  The simplest definition would be employees that require little supervision. They are self-motivated. These employees do not have to be watched or told what to do. They are driven and goal-oriented, entirely, on their own. They take sincere pride in their work accomplishments.

Motivation starts with thinking. When testing for cognitive abilities, it isn’t enough for employees to be intelligent. They must also be willing to apply these skills in the workplace.  This is the reason why a mindset assessment should be included in pre-employment screening.

Then, hire the strong critical thinkers who are also highly motivated in order to improve your company’s performance and productivity.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” —Henry Ford


Need motivated employees?  Measure motivation before hiring!

Screen applicants with a validated pre-employment test.  It should be tailored for your industry with questions that depict realistic situations and problems.  It must be able to quantify reasoning skills and positive mindset.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do.” —Lou Holtz


Use objective tools that give candidates a level playing field

Academic degrees abound. Letters of reference are almost universally positive. Job titles on resumes are often inflated. Rely, instead, on measurement tools that are accurate, reliable and unbiased.

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed.  The vision pulls you. —Steve Jobs


Training is expensive, hire motivated employees who offer the greatest ROI

Compare apples to apples.  Seeing your applicants’ comparative strength on the same metric is a valuable aid.  You can determine their capacity to learn job responsibilities as well as to benefit from training/professional development.

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” —Mark Twain


Poor decision-making and problem solving is costly

There is no longer any reason to depend on guesswork and hunches.  Employee decision-making impacts your bottom line every day.  Use objective tools to identify people who are motivated to use strong decision-making skills.

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The INSIGHT series metrics are predictive of workplace success

Our industry appropriate metrics are derived from consultations with experts and working professionals.  Decades of research on thinking and reasoning in decision making went into calibrating the assessments. These tools outperform other common selection tools such as applications, resumes and interviews in predicting performance.  Hire with confidence.

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become. ” —Buddha


Well made decisions reinforce the quality of the work environment

Strong decision-making impacts individuals as well as groups, systems, companies, and professional organizations. Good critical thinking results in a competitive advantage. Only the best problem solvers will enable companies to succeed in today’s global market.

Employees with strong reasoning skills and a positive work ethic are in demand throughout the world.

Find them. Hire them.  Benefit from them.

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