Your Altitude

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

In my work as a human development specialist, I often come across employers who are fed-up with employees who are not pulling their weight in their various positions and job responsibilities.

It seems that few employees are meeting, let alone exceeding their employer's expectations on the job. As an employer of labour myself, I am often tempted to join the band wagon of those who complain about how many people want to get paid but do not want to work for their pay. However, I have come to understand that the foundation for personal and business success lies in your ability to understand yourself and understand others.

Improving your people skills is the single most important thing that you can do as a leader, manager or employer. Attaining an excellent set of people skills is the key to practicing good communication and achieving successful, productive working relationships with your staff.

For us to have productive working relationships, we must have motivated team members. Anyone who knows the motivating principle will understand that you cannot motivate other people and that all people are motivated. Your employees or team members will do things for their own reasons and not for your reasons. So how do you get them to have the right reasons for doing what needs to be done in order for the team to be successful and productive?

To this end, I will highlight a number of things that as an employer, one should look out for when head hunting for highly motivated team mates.


When interviewing a candidate, does the candidate's appearance show that he or she made an effort to look the part for the job?

Do they look like their conscious of the position and the organization that they are being interviewed for?

What clues about their character can you pick from their appearance?

Is the candidate careless or does he or she appear to pay great attention to detail?