It's easier than you think to motivate employees, and it is something that MUST be done if you want to have a successful business or a highly productive working environment. I will share below 5 ways or attitudes towards employees that I found useful to boost staff motivation.
These are not to be taken as expert views – although I carefully researched the subject and referenced to sound and trustworthy opinions around the web-, but they are my personal views based on my experience and understanding of the staff management best practices. I am awaiting to see you in the comment and share your opinion as well.
Agree? So let's go. But first thing first.
What is motivation?
Business Dictionary defines Motivation as :
Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal. Read more
I cannot agree more with that definition.
Every business relies on the motivation and work of each individual employee, so if any of them are having a problem with motivation, this will lead to a downfall within the business and this will have an effect on everyone.
How to Motivate Employees?
Even though it might seem hard at first, it is very easy to get the hand of giving employees motivation and a vision that they can focus on. Stay along with me in this article to find great tips you can use to change your way of thinking and to do things that will definitely benefit your business or your work as a supervisor or a manager by making employees more determined and hard working.
1. Let's begin with the hardest method: incentive compensation programs.
You will have to deal with the highest management levels in order to pull this off. It involves a way for everyone in the business to benefit when things turn out well. When a company prospers, incentive compensation programs can give employees a great reason to keep working hard, because they will be benefiting from their own hard work even more than they expected. These programs are sometimes difficult and tricky to set up, but it can be done if you want an easy and effective way to motivate employees.
There are different opinions shared on which form is best. Should you offer cash or other immaterial benefits? According to HR.com, “Cash is King” and “One of the best ways to keep employees from walking out the door is to pay a higher salary”.
But don't judge them too quickly, the author at HR also acknowledged that “Paying employees more in salary, however, won't necessarily align them with the company's priorities.“
I agree with both.
You can read more about HR.com's take here on Designing an incentive compensation plan.
2. Show the employee that you are interested in their career developments.
If an employee sees this, it will give them much more determination and courage to push through the difficult parts of their job, and to be constantly motivated. Giving employees assistance, additional training, mentoring and coaching all give them the sense that they are important and values.
3. Be understanding.
Be understanding about the things that make your employee a human and show them compassion when they have family commitments, doctor's appointments and the like. This is a great way to show that you are an understanding person and that you care about the employee's outside life, and that not everything is just about work.
4. Listen to your employee.
Listening thoughtfully can do great things for an employee's confidence and their sense of belonging within a business. Listen to all of their problems, concerns, frustrations and even things that they have going on outside their work life. If they feel like they can trust their coworkers and employer, then it is a great way to foster an environment of trust which will then flourish. Employees who believe they are cared about and are an important asset will contribute a lot more, and will not have as much trouble getting motivated.
5. Know the niche of your employee.
Knowing where an employee fits in, and what they are good at is the best way to give them the right kind of work and responsibilities. When an employee is doing something that they know they are good at, it will give them much more motivation to finish the job. If they are stuck doing something that they struggle with, and can't seem to overcome that struggle, this will have a detrimental effect on both the business and that employee's motivation. It's clearly best to make sure that employees are in the right niche so that they can reach their full potential – everyone has different things they are good at, and they can do those things with more confidence and motivation, leading to more success within the business.
These are 5 of some great tips on how to motivate employees, and I hope you found them helpful. Mostly being understanding, rewarding the employee, and making them feel like they are needed and appreciated, will give them that drive that they need to stay motivated and to get the work done.
Over to you.
What is your personal take employee or staff motivation? What you do you often do to motivate your staff or colleagues at work? Let us here you in the comment section below and expand this relevant subject.