7 Tips For Keeping Your Staff Motivated
Jun 23rd, 2017 • Uncategorised
Every business owner can attest that a motivated workforce is required at the heart of their business and will provide numerous advantages – high productivity, fewer employee absences, and lower employee turnover, to name a few. But keeping your staff motivated does not always require hefty pay and bonuses.
Although they do help, there are other less expensive things that you can do to keep your employees dedicated and working hard.
Since a lot of businesses cannot afford to hand out hefty bonuses to keep their workforce ticking, we have put together 7 tips for motivating your staff without breaking the bank:
1. Provide good leadership. Leadership plays an important role in employee motivation. Good leaders work closely with their staff, they trust their employees and provide a sympathetic ear when needed to – all of which are effective incentives for developing new talent and keeping the veterans focused. Good leaders are role models that hold themselves to high accountability standards which sets a good example for the team. Leaders in the organisation should also be competent and skilled enough to guide your teams.
2. Work on empowering the individual. Make every employee feel valued as an individual as a way of increasing motivation. Nobody wants to feel like a faceless, interchangeable pawn in a larger game, so make sure you give your staff members opportunities to express themselves. If there is a particular task (including those that are not work-skill related) that you feel a particular employee will enjoy doing, let them do it.
3. Create a conducive work environment. Your employees spend most of their waking hours at the workplace. It’s, therefore, important to ensure that the environment they are working in puts them at ease and encourages them to be productive. Provide proper equipment for your staff to get the work done and keep the workplace clean and comfortable.
4. Promote teamwork. From the battlefield to the football field to the boardroom, nothing does a better job of keeping individuals responsive and focused than belonging in a team. Teamwork enables your employees to learn to look beyond themselves and learn to trust each other. Healthy competition within teams can also help increase productivity and creativity in the workforce.
5. Recognise and reward. Recognising the effort of your employees and rewarding it is a great way of keeping your staff motivated. This way they feel like their hard work is not taken for granted and is actually appreciated. It does not have to be anything elaborate, something simple like a plaque, a ticket to an event or even a day off can work wonders – especially when awarded in front of peers. Recognise and reward your employees regularly to help them balance between long-term and short-term goals.
6. Prevent boredom. Boredom drains motivation and kills productivity. Keep things new and lively at the office to keep your staff motivated. Allow your workers to invent and explore as a way of avoiding routines. Come up with ways to freshen up old tasks and ensure that repetitive tasks are not always assigned to the same people. Breaks, where people can check in on their loved ones or interact among themselves, can also help alleviate boredom.
7. Be inclusive. Whenever possible, make sure to include your staff in major company decisions. Whether it’s a decision to launch a new product, move office or change team structures, involving your employees in the decision-making makes them feel they’re respected and a key part of the organisation. As a bonus, you might stumble upon some incredible ideas that you had not thought of.
Keeping your staff motivated is not an easy task, but the benefits to your business will be tremendous if you put in the effort.
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