Ways to Motivate Your Employees
Unhappy staff don’t perform. Staff who don’t feel valued will do the bare minimum to get by. The flip side of that coin is that happy staff who know they are appreciated and feel their efforts are well received will pull out the stops to ensure task completion (with a smile!). Let’s look at ways to motivate your staff.
Team Building (it doesn’t have to be cringe-worthy)
Team building can, in all seriousness, be fun (check out these team building tips). All you need to do is stay well clear of anything you wouldn’t do with your own friends and lean towards things you know normal everyday people enjoy.
Like what, you ask? Well, most people don’t like public speaking. They certainly don’t like public singing. So karaoke is out. People also don’t like to have to change clothes or spend time in places where families and children are running riot. Paintballing, laser tag, and ten pin bowling are also, therefore, secondary options.
People like to finish at noon and have drinks and snacks at their desks. Set creative tasks for the team that can build the highest tower out of four sheets of paper. Offer prizes. Move on to a quiz. Again, with prizes. Finish with a paper aeroplane design competition – the employee whose plane flies the farthest earns a late start for their whole team the next day. See? Easy.
Share positive feedback (regularly)
Pigeons don’t even live in holes. So don’t pigeon-hole your employees (yes, pigeon holes relate to mailboxes, but still, keeping your pigeons and your staff out of holes is generally advised).
The point is that tasks can become repetitive and staff can start to feel forgotten. If your lines of communication are poor and you rarely discuss tasks, consider leaving regular feedback following task completion to encourage your staff. It doesn’t take much to send a company-wide email congratulating certain main players or teams on a job well done.
By sharing positive feedback, you let your staff know that although you may not be wading through each of their projects, you do keep up with their overall progress and check-in with the finer details from time to time. When staff feel valued their work rate will be positively affected – it’s the little things that can mean the most sometimes.
Be flexible (strict office hours aren’t always doable for everyone)
People have lives outside of the four walls of your office. Hard as it may be to believe, they work for you because you pay them, not because they share your vision for making you rich. They have their own vision.
They may have family members with care needs. They may have commuting difficulties due to the morning traffic that means they have to leave a whole hour early to make it to the office for 9AM. Or perhaps they might need to leave 30 mins early every Thursday because of a child care overlap that doesn’t match up with the nine-to-five. Be flexible. Treat your staff as people. It’s easier than you think.