Keep motivation levels high by putting staff first

  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 May 2015

Hard at work: Participants working on special projects as part of a technical course offered through the HRDF.

KUALA LUMPUR: Putting staff first helps keep motivation levels in the workplace high, said Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) corporate services chief Lim Kah Cheng.

While it is too soon to judge if performance levels have changed as well, Lim said that the organisation’s recently introduced staff-centred programmes were a hit.

“We have a joint consultative committee which represents the lower level staff and they have been providing us with positive feedback since we started programmes with their welfare in mind.

“It is encouraging as we are not only strengthening the bond in the office, but also creating a family-like environment here,” he said.

He added that one of the first things done by the organisation was to set up a recreation room equipped with a pool table, a karaoke set and other games.

“We also try and do something nice for our employees including providing those who come to work on motorcycles with raincoats,” said Lim, adding that future staff welfare programmes would also include their immediate family members.

“Motivation levels are already high in the office but we hope that we will also see some positive results in the organisation’s em­­ployee engagement survey which will be conducted this Oc­­tober.

“After all this, we want to measure if there has been an improvement in terms of productivity,” he said.

He added that HRDF was trying to practise what it preached and also prove that taking care of the staff will make a difference to an organisation.

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