Why do employees leave? There can be many different answers to that question. In today,s article, we will discuss how employee motivation is one factor that can make a great difference given you made a good hiring decision. By following these 10 simple tips, you can create a motivating work environment that encourages productivity and creativity.
Why Employee Motivation?
Your employees are your greatest brand ambassadors. They are what keeps your organization running. (Now if you don’t believe this, you need to do some re-structuring of your organization and/or hire new staff that you actually feel confident about)
When your employees are excited to come to work it improves their productivity and their responsibility level for their jobs. They will be more creative about solving problems and reaching the goals you have set for them.
Learn What Your Employees Want
Motivation is different for each of your employees. Every employee has a different motivation for why they work. But we all work because we obtain something that we need from work. The something that we need that we obtain from work has an impact on our morale and motivation.
Learning what employees want will help you formulate the next step when building motivation in the workplace.
Connect Employees’ Goals to Overall Future of The Company
Your employee took your job offer for a reason and has been with you for this long for a good enough reason (hopefully not just benefits). And this shouldn’t be taken lightly. So sometimes you just have to re-pain the picture and remind them of how bright the future is with your company as they go along.
This can be as simple as an informal conversation to find out how they are doing and share with them your future plans and why they are a significant part of it.
Acknowledge Employee Performance
It’s nothing like doing the work, getting results, and not being acknowledged for it. You would feel unnoticed and average. When your employees perform well – have a celebration so they understand the expectations you have and build the desire to keep it up. It becomes a fun game of reaching the next milestone and getting the acknowledgment agreed upon.
Promote Positive Employee Self Esteem
People who have high self-esteem are more likely to continuously improve the work environment. They are willing to take intelligent risks because they have confidence in their ideas and their competence to take on new challenges while performing capably. They shine with motivation in your workplace.
You can make or break this in your organization by the way you speak to one another. Constructive criticism is key here and not simply degrading employees when they do wrong but equipping them with the tools to solve challenges in the organization.
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. They all add to a working environment that employees would be proud to call home.
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.
Set a Good Example
One of the best things my manager gave me early in my career was practicing what he preached about having a work/life balance. It was when I realized the core values and behaviors must be demonstrated from the top down to have company-wide duplication. Because this is a default excuse some employees like to use: their leaders skipping out on rules and expected behaviors, it was very refreshing and eye-opening to see my manager understand and follow behaviors.
Which of these will you begin implementing in your organization today? Comment below!