Any entrepreneur who has seen the movie Office Space has witnessed a fictional company that does not know how to manage and motivate employees. In the movie, three employees of the firm Initech Software despise their nine-to-five number-crunching jobs so much that they will do anything to leave—even if that means stealing directly from the company.
Astonishingly, however, the attitudes and characteristics portrayed by these three depressed employees in Office Space may not be too far off. In a recent survey, 2,000 workers were asked what type of job they would prefer—one that paid more money that they hated or a low-paying one that they enjoyed. Half said that they would choose the low-paying job that they enjoyed. It has also been found that 50% of employees only put enough effort into their work in order to keep their jobs. This indicator of employee demotivation comes from a variety of reasons; 18% say that it is from an unreasonable workload, 18% from feeling underpaid, and 17% from the lack of a clear career path. Overall, the average American worker wastes 2 hours and 5 minutes a day, which can add up to $759 billion a year lost in productivity. When the numbers are this high, it’s companies like Soli Printing and Disney that want to actually do something about it.
So mark your calendars for December 2nd, Kansas City entrepreneurs: on this day, Soli Printing and Disney are coming to the Crowne Plaza of Overland Park to give Kansas City small business owners, company leaders, and entrepreneurs the opportunity to understand that motivated employees who feel secure in their positions are key to productivity, sound decision-making and outstanding performance.
This one-day workshop in conjunction with Peoples Bank will feature Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence as an effective program full of rich insight into the leadership excellence, people management, quality customer service and outstanding brand loyalty that has made Disney a worldwide success.
To learn about how to use Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence, I would like to highly encourage Kansas City business leaders to attend this beneficial workshop. With the implementation of some of Disney’s advice, many companies have seen improvements on employee performance, higher sales, improved brand recognition, and increased customer loyalty.
Avoid employees like those found in Office Space, see how to motivate your employees, and learn from the best: Disney. To attend Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence workshop on December 2, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza of Overland Park, visit or register at www.KeysKC.com. The entry fee is $395 per guest, with discounts for parties of 10 or more.
Written by Allison Way. Allison is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc, two of Kansas City's newest entrepreneurial resources. To read more of Allison's work, visit the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examiner.