Useful Tips On How To Motivate Employees

Owning a company doesn’t only mean having a successful business. Half of your business is made out of (un)happy workers, don’t ever forget that. If you have unhappy crowd of people on your hands, don’t expect your business to flourish. Know that your employees are your biggest asset and your road to success. If they are satisfied and motivated, that is.

Here’s an idea - why not hand out evaluation sheets at the end of every month or every 3 months to your workers? Go through their suggestions and what it is that you should change around the office.

So, what do you do to keep your employees motivated? It’s pretty easy and it pretty much evolves a lot of respect and basic human decency and just a little bit of money.

Give out bonuses to your most perspective workers

Set a bar of your expectations. All employees at the firm, regardless of the level of employment need to be aware of your expectations. Once they know them, it is up to them to decide whether they’ll try and move up the success leather or stay comfortably at their current positions.
If/when you notice some of your employees working hard, delivering results and having the company’s success at heart, make sure you acknowledge it and reward it with a little bonus. This will keep your workers motivated and appreciative of your position. Further, they will feel appreciated for the work they do and look to advance even more.

Don’t wear your employees out

One thing is to demand a certain amount of work. Expecting projects to be done in time, hard-work and dedication as well as initiative for new projects are a part of everybody’s position including yours. So don’t feel guilty about demanding a certain amount of work from your employees. However, don’t treat your workers like slaves. It is understandable you want a huge amount of work done for as little money as possible but it’s a road that leads to disaster. Unless necessary, don’t call your employees during their off days. Don’t overwhelm them with projects that will stop them from having a Christmas with their families. Act like you would want your boss to treat you. Let your workers know you respect them as people too, not just as workers.

Be a leader

Your job as a company’s owner isn’t just to hire and fire people. It is to motivate them to be the best professionals possible. Organize staff meetings that will serve as perfect time to brainstorm ideas on ongoing projects. Explain to people you work with that all of you have a common goal – success and advancement. Show appreciation when you should, don’t hold back. Motivate everyone to give their best.

Know who you work with

If you’ve got a big company it is understandable that you won’t be able to know everybody’s name. In that case, at least make sure you know names of people that are heads of different departments in the firm. As for others, don’t treat them as less important – always be polite and civil.

If, however, you have a small company, make sure you remember everybody’s name. You don’t have to become friends but knowing your colleague’s name is a sign of appreciation and respect. Also, if time and projects allow it, get to know your workers’ abilities. This way, you will be able to detect company’s strongest and weakest links, therefore become aware of who should be rewarded and who needs additional encouragement or a move to another, better suitable department.

Bonding time

If the office budget allows it, organize a casual Friday (or any other day) that will hold cocktails, food, music and be a perfect time for colleagues to jam and mingle. When workers have something to look forward to they will be more than happy to work, knowing you’ve put some effort into pleasing them too. These office parties don’t have to be every Friday.  Make it every Friday at the end of the month. It could be a little office tradition everybody will grow to love.  Remember – once your employee starts seeing you as a person and not as a walking ticking bomb, you have a loyal worker on your hands.

Office Remodeling

Office remodeling is also a good way of showing your workers that you appreciate what they are doing and that you care about how they feel in their workplace. It is proven that certain colors effect productivity and makes employees feel calm. So invest in some modern rugs, hire professional painters or buy new office furniture. Make their office space as much comfortable as possible. After all, it is their second home.

About the author

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a business coach. She is interested in topics related to marketing and advertising.


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