How Do You Motivate Staff Who Are Reluctant To Learn?
I have pursued continuing education all my life. I graduated with my BA this past September. I regularly read many journals and bulletin boards about sleep. I forget sometimes that not everyone has this unending drive to learn more.
This was evident when I gave a booklet to my techs that would give them 3 CEUs to help meet the 10 required yearly. I left a note with the book asking that it be completed and returned so I could send in all the post tests at once and get the CEUs.
I personally thought it was great as the book covered more detailed information about some of the newer technology including PTAF and RIP technology.
One technician, however, saw it as my wanting to punish him. He did not feel he needed to do any more CEUs because this is his second job and his first job also requires 10 CEUs and would count all his A-STEP and attended staff meetings.
I tried to explain my view to him but I guess he does not have that same need to know as I have.
The challenge for me is to motivate my staff to want to learn and if I can not, to try to find ways to work with them that will help them achieve their best.
I find myself trying to remember that not everyone want to move up. Some people define success in ways other than their career. Many more see their jobs as a way of accomplishing other goals with their family and community. That volunteering at church or in the scouts or just creating a beautiful garden at home is what motivates some.
With this in mind I still asked him to do the CEUs but said I would look at some easier ways for him to achieve them in the future since this did not seem to be the best way for him to learn new things.