Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. Employee motivation is the level of commitment, energy and innovation that a company’s staff hold during the working day.
Employee motivation is key to an organisation’s success. It’s the level of commitment, drive and energy that a company’s workers bring to the role everyday. Without it, companies experience reduced productivity, lower levels of output and it’s likely that the company will fall short of reaching important goals too.
Maintaining and improving employee motivation can be a problem for companies, as not every task will be of interest and excitement to those who must complete it. Therefore businesses must work to find ways to keep up the motivation levels of their staff.
Right motivators in the workplace was essential to success and improving employee experience, so let’s find out how to do it.
A)Create a Career Path
No one wants to be static for long. We all want to know that we are going somewhere and focus on that next step. Ask employees what they want from their career, and lay out what they need to do to get there. Have growth conversations with team members to design a career path; this will help to create the drive to reach the next stage and feel that they have a long and productive journey ahead within the company.
The best kind of companies are those where everyone works together cohesively. Encouraging and promoting teamwork boosts productivity because it makes employees feel less isolated and helps them to feel more engaged with their tasks. You can do this by regularly holding team-building exercises and opportunities for your team members to bond and get to know one another.
C)Celebrate Holidays and Create Traditions
Traditions are as important in organizations as they are in families. Nothing is more important for employee motivation than the annual traditions workplaces create for seasonal holidays.
A holiday celebration builds positive morale, which results in increased motivation. High morale and motivation contribute to team building and productivity. Try some holiday and traditional celebrations to build positive morale and motivation in your workplace.
D)Provide Employee Recognition
Employee recognition can increase motivation when it is offered and implemented effectively. It is one of the keys to successful employee motivation. Employee recognition follows trust as a factor in employee satisfaction with their supervisor and their workplace. In this instance, the stick should yield to the carrot.
E)Give Positive Feedback and Reward Your Team
The power of positive praise is sometimes overlooked but recognizing and applauding achievement inspires team members as they can see themselves progressing towards the goals of the company. When employees achieve results, put in extra effort or do outstanding work make sure to tell them that you’re grateful and be specific in your praise. For example, don’t just say ‘good job’, explain why it was a good job and how it helped to benefit the business. This will not only motivate your employee but help them succeed with future work.
Reward your team for hard work, whether this in the form of monetary rewards, gifts, perks or more responsibility and independence.
F)A Healthy Office Environment
Our environment has a significant impact on our productivity, contentment and creativity. Healthy and happy employees are more likely to feel motivated and engaged. Create a space that is enjoyable to work in and an office where your employees want to spend their time. Be conscious of privacy, noise, air quality, natural light, areas to relax and the ambience. Encourage healthy attitudes by offering healthy snacks and access to exercise, whether this is in the form of a gym membership or participating in team exercise classes.
By promoting healthy habits you can help your staff to maintain their energy levels and reduce their stress. Office perks such as these will also make your team feel appreciated and further encourage them to do their best work.
And don’t forget about your remote employees. They need just as much attention and support from your side to create a healthy work environment for them, too – even if their office is at home. Keep in mind that employees that work from home (regardless if it’s just a few days per week or on a constant basis) will have different struggles than the employees you see daily at the office. Make sure to run regular Pulse Surveys for remote employees to find out what they are struggling with so you can support them better and help them create a positive and productive work environment, regardless of where they’re located.
G)Use Training and Development for Motivation
Want to keep your staff motivated about learning and work? The quality and the variety of training options that you supply for employees are key for motivation.
You can provide training including new employee onboarding, management development, new concepts for a workgroup, team building, and how to operate a new computer system.
H)Share Your Vision and Set Clear Goals
You can only motivate and inspire your team if they know what they are working towards. Make sure your employees are aware of your vision and what your ultimate goals are for the business. This encourages everyone to work together to achieve better results. As well as this, regularly set clear and measurable goals that are framed by this vision so that you and your teams can track progress and they are able to see their success in a tangible way. Supporting alignment within and across teams cultivates increased productivity and can help employees to feel valued and motivated.
Giving your employees more freedom and flexibility is also a great way to cater to the unique individuals that make up your teams. If you force everyone to work a certain way, that might be perfect for certain members of the team, but the absolute antithesis of working style for others.
By increasing independence in the workplace, you encourage your employees to find their own way of working and thereby boost their motivation to work the way they want.