How to Motivate Your Staff and Boost Productivity
From performance appraisals to the right leadership tactics, we look at the techniques you can use to create a passionate and hardworking workforce
The success of your business lies with your workforce. If staff feel unmotivated and are lacking job satisfaction, the performance of your business will suffer.
Employees help project your company’s image and are fundamental to its reputation and overall profitability. Motivated staff are also likely to work harder and for longer, and to contribute their ideas, which may help your business innovate and grow.
Ways to motivate your business’ employees
Different things motivate different people, but the most effective way of motivating staff is to recognise their achievements and reward them accordingly. This reward doesn’t need to be financial – a trophy, some time off or even a round of applause can all go a long way in making employees feel valued.
Other common motivators include good training and development opportunities, employee discounts and team outings. Staff who know there are opportunities for growth in the company and can see a career path ahead of them are also more likely to be motivated and perform to the best of their ability.
Many of the best ways of driving people lay in your management style. How do you make major business decisions? Consulting with staff and communicating with them effectively will make them feel valued and gives you access to ideas. Equally, showing that you trust your staff can be a great motivator. This can be demonstrated by allowing them to work from home on a flexible working schedule.
The right leadership is essential
Do not ignore leadership issues. If your company isn’t performing as well as it should be, address the problem immediately by looking at ways you can improve staff motivation and not by trying to point the finger – this will also help reinforce loyalty.
If an employee isn’t motivated or challenged in the workplace it is likely they will channel their creative energy into activities outside of work. Find ways to harness your workforce’s creativity in the business and this well make your staff feel empowered and driven to succeed.
Planning is key
It requires time, effort and creativity to motivate staff. A quick-fix reward may work in the short-term, however it is vital that you plan ahead and consider long-term objectives and means of motivating staff.
This could mean that you can’t reward as generously but it will be enable you to create a better working environment in the long-term.
Work out which motivating techniques will work in your business and start to implement them. Ensuring each employee knows what is expected of them, and what their targets are, will give them something to aim for and you a clearer idea of where to give rewards and recognition.
Use fun to build a supportive business team
Don’t discount the importance of team-building. Plan regular social activities for staff that help encourage a collaborative working approach, such as sporting activities or pub quizzes. Not only will social activities act as a reward to your staff but they will also help build relationships within your company and will train staff to work together in a competitive and problem-solving capacity – which will help when they encounter similar issues in your business.
Set achievable performance targets and reward accordingly
Inspire your employees with a vision for success. Explaining growth strategies and how you plan to drive the business forward will create excitement and, more importantly, motivate.
You can also set up an individual-based performance appraisal system, which will enable you to communicate your goals with each other and come up with a way to combine your ambitions and achieve both.
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