Motivating your team: 13 ways to increase employee morale
Happy employees are more productive workers. But how do you motivate a group of people to work hard? Luckily, motivating your employees doesn’t take a lot of flare or even a lot of resources. This may seem like a no-brainer, but bad management is one of the top reasons employees run for the hills. Things like respect, honesty, support and clear communication are the foundations here. Read on to learn how to motivate your employees better.
Get to know your employees so you can relate to them on a personal level. Make a point to ask about their hobbies and interests. Communicating with the people you work with you’ll be able to identify what motivates each one. Send a hand-written note to the employee who is getting married or whose child is graduating from college. It may not seem like a lot, but it shows you’re invested in the employee, as a human being, not just a worker.
Lead by example
This has been said many times before and it’s probably the most important point. As a leader, employees are going to look to you to set an example for the rest of the group.
The adage “Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t work well in business. You can’t expect your employees to work hard or behave the way you want them to if you don’t lead by example. If you show your excitement about the company’s goals, your employees will get on-board and work to achieve those goals.
Give credit where credit is due
Don’t take credit for someone else’s work, always say it was a team effort or specify the person who delivered the work. Never say it was you as a manager or director just because you can, people hate that at the workplace.
The acknowledgement of a job well done coming from upper management will mean more to an employee than you think. Always remember to give credit when credit is due.
People will stay with your business if they have a reason to. So, if you want to keep your good people and keep them motivated, it’s worth starting an incentive program. You can offer incentives like an extra paid day off, gift cards, tickets to the movies, or other low-cost ways to show your appreciation.
Nobody wants to work a dead-end job. Motivate your employees by offering training that gives them the skills they need to climb their career ladder. Especially if your business is rapidly expanding, giving your employees room to grow within the company is a huge motivator.
Clearly define expectations
Achievable goals are very helpful as it gives employees the drive to work harder without being asked. When your staff don’t understand what they’re supposed to be doing on a certain task, it’s hard for them to get excited about it. Every time you give your staff an assignment, spell out as many details as you can and verify your instructions and expectations.
Don’t change your ways and values a few days after you held a meeting with your employees, set a clear company goal and values and stick to it.
Ask for opinions
Everyone is unique and unpredictable and each with individual desires and some with complicated ideas. Instead of trying to guess what’s most important to them, actually, sit down with them and find out what they value. Doing the unexpected might be the best thing you can do for your employees and your company.
Offer help where needed
It happens to all of us from time to time, we have more work than we can handle, in a time sensitive situation this can be a problem. Keep an eye on your staff members, do they seem stressed? Is anyone overwhelmed by their workload? Go give them a hand, we all need some help from time to time.
Give them breaks
This is common sense but you would be surprised by how many people work without having proper breaks, don’t be that company. Give the staff members breaks preferably outside in the sunshine, to stretch their legs and take in some fresh air. Take your team to lunch or bring goodies to your team meeting to celebrate milestones, or just to lighten things up.
Pay them properly
Salary plays a very important role in our life, while pay is not a motivator, it can be a de-motivator if people feel they are underpaid. Do everything you can as a leader to fight for well-deserved merit increases, promotions, and bonuses.
Provide work-life balance
A lively work environment promises a good time, but a work-life balance is just as important to maintain levels of productivity. Studies reveal that those who maintain a steady work-life balance are much more productive than those who do not. A positive way of life automatically leads to amazing results.
Create a perfect workplace atmosphere
Your employees spend a large amount of time of their lives working in the office. So try to make the office look as friendly and appealing as possible.
No one wants to stand around in a dingy, boring space for hours on end. Having an aesthetically pleasing, well-lit, functional and fun space makes work a lot more pleasant. The first step is to make sure things are well-kept and that you have updated working equipment.
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