Productivity is essential for a good profit. If employees are not motivated to work, they will usually do the minimum that they need to and there is very little that you can do about this. You need to give them a reason to do more. There are steps that the Real Business Rescue Team think you should take to make them more motivated to work, without having to give them a pay rise.
Give Recognition for Hard Work
When an employee has gone above and beyond the work expected from them, recognize that publically. This could be through an “Employee of the Month” or in a meeting in front of the rest of the staff. Praise is a strong motivator as they will want to be praised again, especially in front of other members of staff.
Give More Training
It is impossible to over-train someone; there is always something new that they can learn. By gaining more training, they will be able to put that into practise in their work. This will also help them in the future for promotions in the workplace. There is no need to pay for special training. You could set up weekly staff training sessions with the employees to help everyone.
Show Employees Their Career Options
When employees know their future options, they are more likely to work harder to achieve them. One of the first things that you should do for new employees is to show the career path within the company. At regular intervals, you will need to remind them of their career options within the company and how they can get there. By seeing a promotion is within reach, they are more likely to work harder to gain that. If they believe that they will be stuck at the same level the whole time, they will continue to work at the minimum level.
Improve the Working Environment
You may be surprised to hear that the working environment directly affects motivation levels. If an employee is happy in a workplace, he is more likely to work harder. This could just be a cosmetic change or you may need to look into the relationships between the employees and various levels of the hierarchy.
Changes will depend on the type of business that you run. If you run an office, you will need to ensure that the desks are the right size, the chairs are comfortable and the temperature is perfect. If you run a store, you will need to ensure that there is room to move around and the temperature is regulated. Plants, paintwork and decorations are other options to look into so that staff feel happier and want to be there.
More Work Gatherings
The Staff Christmas Party happens once a year and is usually a great time for members of staff to get together and have fun. However, there are other things that you can do for work gatherings and social events – without spending too much money. For example, have a costume day for Halloween or a BBQ during the summer. Social events help members of staff forge friendships and get to know their bosses more, which will mean that they want to work harder in the future.
Reward with Time Off
Implementing bonuses is a great way to motivate people but these bonuses do not need to be extra pay. An extra day’s holiday is a common bonus idea that employees love – especially if that leave can be taken whenever they want. This can be completed for a group, as individuals or in competitions. For example, you can place different prizes for the best salesperson and those who come in second or third. This will temporarily increase the sales. If you want to keep the higher sales in place, offering the extra time off for every extra 10 or 15 sales will keep the motivation high.
Offer More Responsibilities
One way of improving motivation is by giving employees more responsibilities. By feeling that you trust them more, they will work harder. However, you will need to be careful with this as some may expect more pay for more responsibilities. You will also need to make changes to their contract, which introduces legal implications.
You do not need to offer more money to improve your employees’ motivation. Simple changes to their day will help to improve the amount that they want to be there and work. Take the time to offer praise when an employee has worked harder or introduce holiday bonuses for those who perform high continuously.
Those who are interested in ways to motivate employees might consider coursework from a leadership masters program, for example at SJU Online, or at an other accredited university.
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