Motivated employees are better workers. They’re more productive and have higher levels of morale. Motivated employees are also typically consistent and reliable employees—employee turnover rates tend to go down in direct proportion to motivation levels and keeping turnover rates down can save you time, money, and energy in the hiring process.
Here’s what you can do to motivate your employees:
Empowerment is Key
Micromanaging is a fast way to suck the oxygen out of your employees’ will. If you really want to motivate your employees, you’ll have to trust them. Many employees have good ideas about how to make their jobs more efficient but may not feel comfortable speaking with you about them and empowered enough to act.
Developing a system that encourages and incorporates employees’ suggestions, will make them feel that their ideas matter and they will be more motivated to contribute to the company. People feel more motivated and inherently want to do a good job when they feel like they have ownership and authority over their roles.
Be the Kind of Leader Who Inspires
This ties into the empowerment ideal listed above, but being the kind of manager that can elevate your employees will encourage them to raise their game. Take the time to show interest in your employees’ career paths and their lives, and listen to their suggestions and challenges, when they bring them to you. Try your best to address them in a responsible way. Just the simple act of showing you care can help motivate employees to work with you, rather than against you. Employees are more motivated when they feel that they are appreciated and cared for, and that they work in a welcoming place.
Also, simply praising your employees for a job well done can make a huge difference in how they perceive you and the company, and that difference can result in a big boost in productivity.
Use the Right Kinds of Incentives
Like a lot of problems in life, simply throwing money at them won’t necessarily solve a motivation problem. A pay boost may motivate an employee for a while, but if you don’t fix any underlying motivation problems your company may have, the raise will have little long term effect.
Instead, it’s better to offer incentives that will push employees to continually give their best effort. Try to tie individual incentives to the company’s goals so that when the company prospers, so do the employees. People are often more motivated when they know they’re benefiting individually.
Place the Right People in the Right Jobs
Employee motivation comes from within, and people are more motivated when they occupy roles and perform tasks that line up with their own interests and skill sets. As much as possible, try to make sure that employees’ tasks match up with their interests and see if redistributing some tasks might benefit employees in the long run. You’ll get the added benefit of possibly giving tasks to employees who may be more qualified to perform them or can approach them with greater creativity.
Motivating your employees can be a long-term struggle, yet it’s a crucial one for the health of any business. Insight Performance offers consulting on employee incentives and resources in setting up employee benefits. Contact us today to find out how we can help you boost your employee motivation levels and the company’s productivity today.