How to Motivate Employees

Posted on June 29, 2020

A motivated workforce makes a crucial difference when it comes to meeting any business objectives. Here are some tips on how to keep employees motivated.

Ability to challenge and engage

One of the valuable skills that a company can hone is the ability to challenge and engage the people it employs. If you have to keep everyone motivated, you need to encourage the employees to participate. When the employees are respected for their skills and talents, it has a motivating effect on them.

Let Them Know You Trust Them

If you let them know you trust and depend on them, they will fill those shoes sooner than you think. A vote of confidence can go a long way. Let them know you trust them to do the best job possible, and they will rarely disappoint you.

Be Transparent & Make Them Part of Decisions & Company culture

Be open with employees about what's happening at the highest level so there are no surprises, and everyone has a chance to ask questions and give feedback. Employees need to feel included in big decisions and committed to the direction their company takes. This helps to sustain motivation and increases company loyalty as well as pride.

Give Your Employees a Purpose

Motivate your employees by giving them a purpose. When you accomplish that, they understand the vision better and are able to execute more strongly. In addition, by understanding their purpose and that of the business, an employee can better understand how they fit into the big picture.

Provide Supportive Leadership 

Leadership is one of the main factors in employee motivation. Supportive leaders tend to work closely with the employees. If leaders trust their employees and have a sympathetic ear, it will keep them focused. Moreover, it will also drive them to develop new talents. Good leaders serve as good role models. Leaders should hold themselves to a superior standard of accountability, which sets an example for all. Supportive leadership implies that the leader's expectation will influence how the employees will see themselves. The people whom you consider unlikely to succeed might fail. You could increase productivity with the assumption that your employees are dedicated and skilled.

Empower the Individual and Invest in Employee Development 

Every employee should feel that they are valued as an individual. No one likes being a faceless pawn in a big game. Thus, you need to make sure that your entire workforce is allowed to express themselves. It would help if you encouraged your employees to showcase aspirational, personal goals. When employees anticipate a future reward, it makes the work routine easier for them. Finally, letting employees know you are willing to invest in their potential and advocate for them, conveys confidence and trust. Get to know their career aspirations, then help them reach their goals. After all, your own success is dependent on the success of those you develop

Create a Positive Environment 

In order to create a productive and happy environment, you need to encourage your employees to share their knowledge and information. This means more listening than talking for the supportive leader. People need to be invited to accept their mistakes without the fear of humiliation. You can give the employees new and challenging assignments that will bring them out of their comfort zone.

Encourage Teamwork 

There is nothing better than keeping an employee-focused and responsive team as opposed to simply belonging to a team. It is through teamwork that the employees learn to trust each other. Also, it makes them look beyond themselves. Therefore, healthy competition in the team setting, the office, as well as after hours, will help in keeping the employees motivated.

Recognize and Reward     

Motivated employees are most likely to get the best out of your workforce. You could start by developing a rewards program for your employees when they exceed expectations. This is a huge motivator. Make sure that you announce the reward publicly. Rewards and recognition on a regular basis will remind the employees that they are appreciated. Corporate gifting on festive occasions or holidays is also a great move to ensure that your employees remain motivated. Gifts serve as a small reminder that the company values them.  These gifts for employees should be chosen carefully to be appreciated by all.

Have an Open-Door Policy and Share Information

It's incredible how a simple "please" and "thank you" fares with employees. Speak to the staff the same way you would want to be spoken to. Have an open-door policy when it comes to suggestions and ideas. When employees feel that their voice matters, they in turn feel confident about their positions in the company and that they have more at stake than just a paycheck. Another meaningful way is to take risks, is to communicate openly and honestly with employees. Managers are often reluctant to share information and explain their decisions for fear of premature leaks, second-guessing, or dissension. Being transparent signals that you trust your employees with the truth, even under challenging circumstances.

Keep in mind that communication is an integral part of a relationship. Thus, communicate clearly with employees regarding what you expect from them, in addition to communicating with them on a regular basis.

Contributor: Petra Horska