How to keep your employees motivated
There is nothing worse than working without motivation. Many managers and leaders put a lot of effort into motivating their employees. But once you’ve inspired them, how do you keep that fire going?
A motivated team is more productive, engaged and committed to achieving business goals. However, keeping employees motivated is not always easy.
As a manager, you know you won’t be perfect. But, there are certain ways to ensure that your team will be motivated in your company. The goal is to help your company keep good employees for the long term. You want those employees to care about your company and its purpose.
So what are some of the best ways to do that? Let’s look at the different ways you can take it Keep your team prosperous and happy Time to work for your business. These are some simple yet meaningful ways to engage your employees and keep them motivated to do motivated work
1. Be transparent
Nothing is more important than trust between you and your team. Trust takes a long time to build, but only a moment to destroy it. Building trust requires openness and clarity of your expectations, critical feedback, and being upfront about what the position entails from the start. No one likes to be told one thing about their role responsibilities then it’s something else entirely. If trust is shaky from the start and not on a solid foundation, it’s harder for employees to want to go above and beyond for your company.
Clarity in your role and showing them what to expect from the start is essential. something good Employees may start to become apathetic If they feel that workplace communication is poor. Not only will this avoid future mistrust issues that may arise, but it can also save you from losing a good employee because they couldn’t believe what you said.
2. Be sensible about work/life balance
Life happens to all of us. There was a time when one parent took care of the family while the other worked. This is the reality we no longer face. This is significantly more true now that balancing one’s home-life and work life is more of a priority now than ever.
Kids get sick, family emergencies happen, or someone in your group gets sick. These things are part of life. When you don’t accommodate these issues, your team members can make the other company more understanding of their situation.
3. Recognize those who go above and beyond
Various initiatives such as honoring “Employee of the Month”, service awards or “Employee of the Year” can be unique ways to highlight your employees throughout the year. In a small business, you can give all employees an extra financial bonus for their dedication and hard work over the years.
May lack recognition Good workers stop caring about their work. Recognizing your employees ensures that everyone is an equal in your company’s success and plays a role in keeping it thriving. However, not all recognition has to be monetary. There are several Non-monetary means of rewarding And get to know your employees.
4. Be open to constructive criticism from your team
Transparency must be an open door from both sides. Many famous entrepreneurs love to hear constructive criticism from their team as it provides some of the best insights to improve their company. Shows like “Undercover Boss” are a great example of this. On the show, CEOs go undercover to learn from their employees how the company can improve what it does and be better for everyone.
Asking for constructive feedback can help you improve in ways you don’t always see. It will also let your employees know that you value their opinions and strive to become better because of their feedback and recommendations.
5. Give them a worthwhile goal or project
Most employees like to be a part of a company’s overall mission and improvement. Giving a team project or setting up achievable bonus goals for your team is a powerful incentive to entice your employees to deliver results. Bonus goals can be a great way to motivate your employees to start and finish a project within a certain time frame.
The most important aspect to remember is that they are measurable and reachable based on the person and their role. You also want to make sure it’s not more accessible for some and more difficult for others to finish. Fairness is essential here.
6. Encourage friendly workplace competition
Some friendly competition can bring some excitement and fun to a workplace. In the right context, some form of competition can create motivation and drive for the entire team. Games like workplace bingo, a costume contest, or a team trivia game are easy to implement but help inject some variety into the work week.
To get you started, here are a few things to consider when encouraging competition in the workplace.
- Set clear goals and rules for the competition to avoid misunderstandings and ensure fairness.
- Create teams or pair individuals to increase collaboration and build friendships.
- Choose a contest format that fits your company’s culture and values.
- Offer meaningful rewards, such as recognition or small prizes, to encourage participation and effort.
- Celebrate and recognize winners and participants.
- Keep it fun and light to avoid creating negative or toxic competition.
- Regardless of the outcome, reward everyone who participates with something.
7. Remember the little things about your team
When you have large groups, this can be difficult; However, doing this with your direct reports can motivate them to do the same with those they supervise. Taking the time to bring lunch for their birthday (in a safe way, of course) or signing a birthday card for them can go a long way and inspire the team in ways they’ll remember.
Even asking about the well-being of their families and their lives outside of work is a meaningful but simple gesture. It shows how much you care about them as an employee and as a person.
8. Create a work family
Building a business and a career is much easier when you are surrounded by people you love. While the people you work with can never replace or substitute a real family, creating a work family can keep a team engaged and engaged. A family shares responsibilities but also good times.
Try to find ways to have fun and interesting work events that can help build friendships. Hosting a ZOOM or Google Meets conference call for non-work-related activities to bring people together can be used by companies that work remotely temporarily or that have moved to remote workers entirely.
9. Share some inspiring insights
One thing my manager shares with us is his favorite quote. He will save them over time, compile the list and email it to his team to reflect and choose our preferences. We’ll all share which one we liked and why we liked it. You need to learn more about your colleagues, how they think and what is important to them at work and in life. It’s a great practice and it will always stay with me.
10. Encourage peer-to-peer recognition
Peer-to-peer recognition involves employees recognizing and appreciating the efforts and achievements of their colleagues. When employees receive recognition from their peers, it can boost their morale. It can give employees a motivational boost.
Employees may feel it is management’s job to recognize them. However, when a colleague recognizes them for their work, it motivates them to contribute to the team. You can easily implement a peer-to-peer recognition program by setting up a recognition box in the office. You can also ask employees each month who they think deserves recognition.
This article was first published in April 2021 but has been updated and expanded
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