There’s much more to being a good boss than many think. Managing a staff workforce – whether it be made up of a few workers in a small team or a large office where everyone reports to you – can be stressful.
Keeping your employees happy is the number one rule for maintaining a motivated workforce, but there’s more to this than meets the eye. So, if you’re new to a management position, or just notice that your staff appear less-than-motivated, read some of my top tips for keeping your staff motivated.
It’s important that your employees know they can talk to you about what’s bothering them.
Simple tricks like ensuring your office door is always open when you’re not in a meeting or saying ‘good morning’ and asking employees how they are can help create a warm and approachable environment.
Listen to their concerns
If your employees do come to you with concerns and feedback, you should always listen to them and take on board their opinions.
If you sense they are unhappy, it’s time to ask yourself what you can do to tackle their demotivation before it affects them and their co-workers.
Show your appreciation
Showing appreciation can be seen in any number of ways, whether it be a team meeting congratulating their efforts, a meal out as a treat, an early finish on a Friday, or even a money bonus; showing your appreciation for your employees’ hard work and achievements will ingrain it into the company culture and ensure others follow suit.
Staff who feel valued are usually happier than those who don’t, and happy employees are around 20% more productive than those who aren’t happy in the workplace.
Maintain an individual culture
We all know that teamwork is pivotal to a business’ success, but your employees should also know that they are valued as an individual.
One of the biggest complaints for employees is that they feel like a ‘cog in the wheel’, and not like an individual that can make a difference to a company, and that is the last thing you want them to feel.
To ensure everyone is considered vital, recognise achievements and acknowledge them.
If your staff need a morning off for a doctor’s appointment, need to leave early to collect a poorly child from school, or work from home because they have a big delivery, don’t make a big deal of it. Be adaptable and the benefits will follow.
Many employees want to know they can count on you for support when it comes to continued professional development, so if you can provide further training to enhance their skills, offer them the options when and where you can.
Do you have any tips for keeping staff motivated? Share them in the comments section below!