8 ways to motivate your employees
So, you have assembled your dream team to take your business to the next level. Now all you have to do is keep them motivated!
You might be thinking that the easiest way to motivate your staff is by paying them extremely well (which is true for the most part). However, studies have proven that there are other effective ways to get the most out of your employees.
Below are 8 ways to motivate your staff and keep them on board for the long haul.
Being transparent with your employees creates trust and helps your staff become more invested in the company. For example, if you manage a team of Junior Sales Executives show them how they improved the businesses revenue that quarter as a team. Providing access to this data will support your staff in seeing how they improved and where they can improve going forward, giving them a target to work towards.
Offer a flexible schedule
The traditional work format of clocking in at the office has changed drastically. The unpredictability of the current economic climate and technology has transformed the way we operate as businesses. However, with the end of the lockdown companies may require employees to come to the office and complete their shift. Offering a flexible schedule can be as simple as giving your employees the option to work in the office one or two days a week and working at home for the remainder of the week.
Offering a flexible schedule is a proven way to increase employee motivation. In a Forbes study, they discovered that 46% of job seekers search for opportunities that offer some kind of flexibility in their workweek. This statistic did not go unnoticed with 86% of the “worlds best companies to work for” adopting this way of motivation.
So, by offering a flexible workweek you will motivate your current employees and present yourself as a progressive employer attracting talented candidates.
Recognise their achievements
Nothing is worse than hard work going unnoticed. Sometimes all people need is recognition for a job well done. By giving credit where it is due, you will not only motivate your employees, they will feel compelled to continue doing wondrous work.
Showing gratitude to your employees can be as simple as noting down a good idea your employee had during a meeting or thanking them privately. Ultimately this will help you run your business easier with the help of your employees’ hard work, whilst creating job satisfaction with your staff.
Acknowledging the energy and personal sacrifice is important as it creates a sense of fulfilment. Imagine working long hours to find out your efforts lead to nothing. What are the chances that employee will go out of their way again for the company? Keeping your employees motivated (especially during hard times) will keep the ship that is your business steady sailing.
Allow room for growth
Giving your employees room to grow within the company is a huge motivator. The looming dread that it might be an expensive motivator depending on that employee’s wage is understandable. However, the psychological well being of your employees is equally (if not more) important. Give opportunities for top staff members to climb the ladder and progress in your company.
Having clear trust in your staff to take on higher-level roles will not only motivate them but will help them understand that you respect them and acknowledge that they are a valuable team player.
Be a respectful and honest manager
This one seems obvious! But poor management is one of the top reasons employees jump ship. Clear communication and being mindful of your employees are the foundation for making this form of motivation work. Keep it simple and treat your team the way you would like to be treated. If it’s a new employee joining your team, ask them how their first day went. See if there is any way you can accommodate them to perform better.
Luckily this method of motivation doesn’t require years of experience, just experience of being a decent human being!
Incentives are a brilliant way to charge up your employees. The great thing about employee rewards is that they can be a range of different things, from extra commissions for your sales team to covering the lunch bill or even as far as profit share in your company. Either way, if employees know there is a goal they can accomplish that will result in a reward, that will create a sense of fulfilment and purpose to their work.
Share Positive Feedback
The feeling of fulfilment in a work environment is very important. As an employer, you have to remember that your staff are consistently going out of their way to push your business forward and provide excellent customer service. This could be something as simple as your employee going above and beyond to recover a lost order from your eCommerce store. If your customer is satisfied with the service they received, share this with your employee. Give them motivation by letting them know their effort is not going unnoticed.
A brilliant addition to Jobsdiem is that you can leave feedback on how well your employee helped your business. This doesn’t only help them progress in their career but it also will give them the motivation to do fantastic work for you again, if you decide to bring them on full-time or temporarily for an upcoming project.
Offer food in the workplace
Tasty snacks in the office could be the hidden key to employee retention. After all, nobody works well on an empty stomach. However, it isn’t that easy! Your employees have to have a level of job satisfaction already, offering food in the workplace is the cherry on top. Nonetheless, it makes sense that food will motivate your employees. It is a considerate gesture and shows your staff that you care for them as a person and not just an employee of your company.
Don’t take your talented team for granted. Use this as a simple guide in maintaining happy employees and having a solid long term relationship with your staff.
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