3 Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by mfzMaster No Comments
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3 Ways to Motivate Your Employees

As economic challenges arise, a great deal of businesses is finding that they have to make radical cuts to the various financial incentives which they have in place to keep employees motivated.

However, there are also effective ways to motivate employees without having to make a huge impact on your corporate budget. Motivated employees are happier employees and, provided that you find the right compromise, happier employees will generally be more productive. Here are three of the best ways to motivate employees without spending a great deal, if anything.

1 – Give Your Employees More Flexibility

The more flexibility your employees enjoy, the happier they will be, but give them too much and some of them may start to shirk their duties. However, finding the right compromise between employee freedoms and emphasis on their daily tasks can be extremely effective when it comes to motivation.

If your company is in a situation where certain members of staff are able to do a portion of their work at home instead of having to be at the office all the time, they will likely appreciate it. Having someone work all day in an office when their day involves various tasks which can just as easily be completed at home is often not optimal. Of course, it is important that you are able to rely on your staff to meet the same deadlines and perform with the same degree of efficiency and reliability from home. If you are not convinced, there is minimal risk involved in giving certain members of staff, for whom it is appropriate, the chance to complete some of their work at home. Provided that they get the job done in the same time span, employees working at home on occasion will often be happier, especially if they can take a break from long commutes to work.

Similarly, it can be a good idea to let employees leave early if they have no work left to do that day rather than just waiting for the work day to end if they truly have nothing to do. It does not cost your business anything to let them go home a few hours earlier in such cases, and it can stop your employees from getting bored, or surfing the net seeking out other employment opportunities.

2 – Create a More Enjoyable Working Environment

An employee who actually enjoys their job and doesn’t see it as a chore tends to work far better and become more loyal. In order to make this possible, it is important to have a positive working environment where employees can easily interact with one another to exchange thoughts and ideas and work together to overcome obstacles. Any employer should know that teamwork is important, but many of today’s office jobs do not place a high enough emphasis on it. Employees are much more likely to feel motivated when they are in a pleasant, airy and well-lit environment. This is much better than a soulless cubicle farm where employees often spend their working days sat in front of a computer and not interacting with other members of staff.  Many of these arrangements can be made regardless of the task or job.

Part of creating an enjoyable working environment is also interacting with your employees in the right way. Good communication is an essential element to forming a good relationship between you and your employees. Motivating them by rewarding them when they perform good work and by telling them how their job is important for the company, its goals and even for themselves is a good place to start. The occasional bit of light-hearted banter and workplace humor never hurt either.

3 – Create More Interesting Working Routines

A lot of employees, particularly in office jobs, complain about how their jobs are boring and repetitive. Not many people like spending an entire day on the telephone dealing with clients or sitting in front of a computer responding to emails or entering figures into spreadsheets, for example. In just about every workplace, there are multiple things that need to be done. Wherever possible, your employees should have a more diverse range of tasks and responsibilities. Where practical, you may also want to try swapping around the work routine from day to day or attempt to change things up on occasion.  Yes, one could easily say, “they knew what the job was when they accepted.”  All we are saying is consider making the work environment a little more interesting to spark some energy in the work place.

It can also be a good idea to start training suitable members of staff in preparation for them fulfilling multiple roles in the business. This can greatly enrich the work day by giving it more versatility and variety.

Breaks are also essential and one or two short breaks during the day in addition to the lunch break will help to keep people’s heads clearer and minds motivated.

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