Helping your employees stay motivated and productive is critical to the success of your organization in 2020. As a manager, team members look to you for leadership. Here are some simple but effective ways to motivate your employees to excel.
Whether you’re working in-person, online, or a mixture of both, it’s important that you create a work environment that your employees enjoy being in. There are numerous ways to achieve this and what works for your team depends on factors like the type of work that you do, common interests employees have, and what constraints you’re working within.
Ideas for on-site employees include making sure there’s a well-stocked break room and allowing employees to decorate their spaces with personal touches. If your employees are working remotely, consider hosting a virtual hangout weekly or monthly. Or, set up a “water cooler” chat room that allows employees to talk about non-work topics and creates an opportunity for them to get to know each other better.
Your team needs something to strive for. Decide on incentives or rewards for good work and define how your organization will determine if the criteria for the incentive have been met.
Then, encourage employees to attain the goal or reward. Depending on your budget, rewards could range from a restaurant gift card to a sizable bonus.
A lack of communication between team members is one of the primary causes of dissent in the workplace. It’s also a potential threat to your bottom line.
Make sure you have regular meetings with your staff either on-site or online. Be succinct about communicating important information so employees are able to better absorb it and provide meeting minutes afterward for team members to refer back to.
Employees who don’t have a goal to work towards tend to flounder. At first, their work may be impeccable, but over time, they become demotivated when they feel like they haven’t achieved anything.
Set goals for your employees that matter. Challenge them, encourage them, and help them discover the tools they need for success.
It’s also difficult for team members to stay motivated and on track with their work when they don’t have enough training to excel at it. They become overwhelmed by tasks they don’t know how to do and fear criticism if they ask for help.
Offer employees multiple training opportunities at every level, from new hires to established veterans. Give your team resources to learn not only how to do their job, but to do it well.
Rewarding employees for excellent work doesn’t always have to involve taking on an expense. Often, staff simply want to be recognized for their effort and the hard work they’ve put in to go above and beyond your expectations.
A quick email, text, or notecard letting an employee know that you were pleased with their work takes little time but makes team members feel highly appreciated – which in turn naturally increases productivity.
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