Keeping the Balance and Employee Motivation



“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” ~ Richard Branson

There’s no doubt that that poor employee performance can, and often does lead to severe losses for a company and adds to the stress and anxiety managers have to face.

When a subordinate is not giving you their all, taking remedial action is undoubtedly the next step. However, it should not mean that you ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ by making an immediate overhaul of the employee count. Instead it is far better to use interpersonal skills and employee motivation that can help achieve more effective results in a less costly manner.

Balancing your mindset and emotions surrounding the under-performing employee is the best place to start.  Followed by simple actions geared towards motivating the employees. 


🎯 Be Balanced, Aware & Dynamic in the Workplace.

Start balancing your mind by becoming aware of why the employee is not performing up to your or your management’s expectations.  Is this a new project or something the employee has dealt with already in the past?  Do they need more training or are they acting out surrounding something that took place in the office?  How do you feel about their actions or inactions?  Why do you feel this way and how does feeling this way serve you?  Once you have a good understanding about the situation and are approaching it from a balanced point of view, you can handle it in a dynamic way so that you both come out looking successful.

In fact, a balanced approach to employee motivation can do enough to even prevent a company from suffering severe consequences such as having to file for bankruptcy. Under-performing and dissatisfied employees tend to commit more theft and fraud, in comparison to employees who are content and joyful in their place of work. 

What’s more, a balanced approach to employee motivation is simple to put into effect and it is also a simple skill that can help to boost the morale of employees that need a lift.  Especially those who may have been berated about their poor performances by others in management or even their co-workers who might have had to pick up the slack.


🎯 They Just Want to be Heard

A few years back, I had a team working under me that felt under valued and unappreciated.  My hands for financial bonuses were tied by senior management.  I had to find other ways to keep my team going.  I spoke up to management about their grievances and that simple act meant so much to them. 

I’ll never forget the ‘Thank-You’ card and flowers they all gave me after one really rough week at work. 


🎯 Benefits That Motivate

Similar to how I spoke up for my team, promoting employee benefits such as an employee hotline or an employee assistance plan if addressed properly, can be motivation.  When employees are aware of these benefits, they tend to feel like someone cares and there is someone there to listen to their grievances.  Benefits like these can give the morale of employees a major lift as well as help to improve employee loyalty at a time when they need help the most – which could be a time of personal struggle.

Working parents are a major part of the workforce and promoting that you have a friendly paternity leave policy, might serve as motivation.  Flexible schedules are another benefit that addresses the needs of employees to help them achieve work life balance. 

Personal development opportunities and fair annual review practices are very important aspects to providing employee motivation.  Showing employees how they are valued increases loyalty and productivity. 

What it all comes down to, is the simple acts of being empathetic and caring towards employees can compel motivation.  When employees feel understood and valued, they are more willing to put their best foot forward and produce more.

The list can go on with various ways that you can motivate employees, but the key is to approach your responsibilities as a manager or employer from a balanced frame of mind to ensure that your employees are treated fairly and in a way that they feel valued.

On the other hand, if the under-performance is strictly because the individual is not the right person for the job and really cannot handle the task assigned to them, approaching the situation from a balanced perspective will also benefit you both.  You may even find yourself motivating your employee to seek other employment where they will be more successful.

Love, Light and Success to you! 🙏🌈🙏


Your Mindset Transformation Virtuoso & Nature Goddess Guide



Written on 20 July, 2020 



Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass, President of  Livelihood Spirit Balance is a Stress Management Maven. She’s a Stress and Anxiety Expert for Middle Managers. She started her career in Corporate America while she was in high school and worked her way up the ranks finding herself in middle to upper management for most of her corporate career. She loved what she did but along the way she battled stress, anxiety and depression. When work and life were more than she could handle she planned her suicide in detail. Fortunately, she didn’t go through with it when she saw her 2 little boys on her way to get a knife with a plan to end it all. It was in that moment that she vowed to pull herself together and begin a new journey.

In 2015 she started her own business called Life Coach DM. After several years of working with clients, she realized that the majority of her clients were in middle management just like she was. She had helped most go from being stressed, anxious and / or depressed to being more balanced, aware and dynamic while guiding them on their own journey to achieve life goals including work life balance.

Dawn-Marie has since become a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and teaches individuals how they too can annihilate the stress, anxiety and depression (aka S.A.D) that middle managers and working parents can face through a process called equilibration (the balancing of the mind and emotions) along with the healing benefits a deep connection to nature (both indoors and out) can bring to become fully balanced, aware and dynamic (aka B.A.D).

Through her own practice, Dawn-Marie discovered what she calls Livelihood Spirit Balance where how one lives their life is in alignment with their authentic self, their B.A.D Ass-self. With Livelihood Spirit Balance, Work Life Balance and everything else just falls into place.

Based on her years of work and client success stories, Dawn-Marie changed her business name to Livelihood Spirit Balance to align with her teachings, mission, vision and purpose.

Dawn-Marie offers online courses, personal and corporate development coaching, workshops and seminars. As the owner of  Total Convalescence – Nature & Forest Therapy  she also offers public and private Nature & Forest Therapy Walks.

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