Top Ways To Motivate Your Employees
Motivate Your Employees
As a business owner or manager, it can sometimes be tough to motivate your employees and ensure your staff are as invested in your company as they can possibly be. They may not own a stake in the business, but they are essential to its success, so keeping them focused on, and motivated by, their role and the company’s aims is crucial.
Here are some of the best ways you can motivate your employees to achieve greatness:
First and foremost, a good employer-employee relationship depends on communication. You need to ensure your employees feel comfortable talking to you and sharing their thoughts about the business and their role – and any problems outside of this that might be affecting them. If you truly listen to what they have to say and give honest, useful responses, they will feel valued by you and the company and more motivated to work hard.
2. Empower Them
Similarly, entrusting your employees with important tasks and decisions will likely result in them feeling like an essential part of the business. They will then be more inclined to try and excel in their work, rather than just doing the bare minimum to get their monthly pay cheque.
3. Free fruit and snacks
Motivation isn’t just about caring for your employees’ mental wellbeing, it also involves their physical health. By providing fruit and other (mostly) healthy snacks, you can show that you care and that you’re happy to provide nourishment for their hard work. Gym membership discounts and free yoga classes are other ways you can promote their health, and at the same time increase their motivation and productivity.
4. Relevant Life Policy
One of the most attractive employee benefits for many is a Relevant Life Policy. This form of life insurance is an excellent way for SMEs to attract and retain high calibre candidates. It offers cover for the employee in the case of their death in service. A lump sump will usually be paid out to the person’s family in the case of their death or a terminal illness diagnosis. This can help put employees’ minds at rest that, if the worst should happen, their family is cared for.
5. Have Company Days Out
Something as simple as a company or team day out every three to six months can be a fantastic motivator. It gives employees something to look forward to, an opportunity to build better relationships with colleagues and a chance to let their hair down.
6. Make It Casual
If your business is in a young, fun industry or an industry that doesn’t require much face-to-face contact with customers, why not have a casual dress code? Research shows that 60% of managers think casual dress boosts productivity. Even if you’re in a quite conservative, traditional sector, such as finance or insurance, you could have dress-down Fridays. Being able to dress as they like at least once a week is sure to make your employees feel more comfortable in their working environment.
7. Do Unto Others…
Lastly, an extremely powerful way to motivate your employees is to treat them as you would like to be treated yourself. This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many business owners and managers forget this one simple principle. How can you expect your workers to feel motivated and happy in their roles if they’re not being treated well? Make sure they’re fairly compensated, rewarded for outstanding work, have a clear purpose, have a good work-life balance and are able to communicate with all members of the company easily.
By combining these business motivation tips, you can help nurture strong, long-lasting relationships with your employees, boosting their desire to stay with your company and excel in everything they do there.