If you’re an employer or a human resource manager, you might be faced with the issue of motivation quite often. How to add excitement for the project? How to provide the team with motivation? How to increase overall productivity?
Let them understand the bigger picture
Explain the short term and long terms goals of the whole company or business, then explain to them their specific short term and long term goals.
This helps employees understand how they fit into the whole vision and therefore execute their roles more efficiently and strongly.
Recognize their effort
This may be overlooked but it’s a very crucial tool for motivation.
Understand that it doesn’t have to be a material gift like a bonus, a raise, or promotion.
Employees still get motivated with gestures of appreciation as simple as a “thank you”.
If you praise them for a certain clever decision, or in a specific way in which they organized the task, they’re more likely to do the next with the same efficiency.
Making time to appreciate their effort and expressing this appreciation through small tokens goes a long way.
Recognize each employee individually
Always make time to get to know each employee better. What they like working on and what they don’t, share with them the bigger picture, and reply to their questions.
Try to learn what their personal goals are and help them with their professional growth.
When you’re in a one-on-one meeting, listen to the ideas they have regarding their personal department.
Finally, respect their personal timelines and their days off.
Be clear and open
Transparency is another important aspect of the workplace. You should let them know what’s going on with the company or the business so that they can provide their feedback and make inquiries.
This generates a feeling of trust and inclusion which can help sustain increased loyalty and motivation.
This is known as an “open door policy” and it makes the employees feel more involved, heard, valued, and it improves the whole performance.
Involve employees in decision making to make them feel like a part of your company
It’s very likely that one or two of your employees might have an idea or a helpful tip on how you can grow the company.
Getting these employees to speak their ideas and trying to combine the best parts to maximize productivity is a great way to achieve both the successfulness you seek and the loyalty of the employees.
This also gives the employees the feeling that they’re contributing to where they are, and this investment makes them value the company, and finally, this makes them more eager to contribute.
Set more short-term goals
Instead of keeping all the focus on what you want to achieve by the end of the year, let them know what you want to get done by the end of the week.
This plays on the human nature of desiring instantaneous pleasure. A long-term goal may sound more appealing, but the fact that it will be long before they enjoy it may demotivate them.
On the other hand, when you reach those short-term goals, you can reward your employees with a small party with desserts and baked food or even a day off. This gives them the feeling that the goals of the company are reachable and realistic and that they benefit from the hard work they put into their job.
Don’t lose sight of the work-life balance
Always making your employees work hard and dedicate all their time and effort to their jobs is the shortest way to making them lose all motivation and drain them.
Make sure your employees have the flexibility of working remotely or with different working hours. This leads to an increase in productivity as those who have it better at the workplace are ready to work harder.
This also minimizes staff turnover as employees that burn out are more likely to quit their jobs or get fired because they’re not performing well.
As the leader of the company or business, you’re the primary example for your employees.
So the energy you perform with is the energy that your team will adopt as well. Always make sure you convey your company’s values, work ethics, and motivation.