No matter what your business offers, if you’ve got employees, then you should always be looking for ways to motivate them.
This is a daily challenge and the most successful businesses report a number of benefits that occur naturally from a happy, hard-working workforce.
Start with this list of basic strategies, and you can adapt them to suit your specific needs and employee desires.
1. Empower your employees with trust
If your employees feel as though they are trusted to do their jobs they will work harder.
You can first show this trust by continually asking employees for input and getting suggestions for improvement at work.
Most of your employees will have ideas to help the company (after all, they are thinking about it all day), but more often than not they will not come to you to discuss it without being requested first.
But don’t stop there!
Once you are receiving suggestions, sort out a few that are possible and implement them immediately.
This is a physical show of trust in your employee’s abilities that goes much further than words.
You can even empower your employees by giving them more authority, when appropriate, to complete their jobs well.
This will allow them to make decisions within the parameters of their position, and give them opportunities to lead.
For example, you might choose to have every meeting run by a different member of the team.
This shows them in a direct way that they are making a difference to the company.
2. Tell them why
When giving directions, assigning tasks, or even just onboarding new employees, it is never a waste of time to tell your employees exactly why they have to do a certain job, or why certain choices have been made.
This will help your employee to understand the big picture.
Once you give purpose to your employees, their understanding of why they do something will not only encourage them to complete the task, but find new and innovative ways to complete it within the scope of your company’s big picture.
3. Build a relationship
Strengthen your own communication skills while simultaneously building a positive work environment by spending time with your employees.
Speaking face-to-face with each person will show them that they are valued.
If you use the time to show your enthusiasm for the work and the company, that attitude will be infectious and spread to your workforce.
Also, once you get to know your employees individually, you can use it to your advantage by learning exactly what makes them tick and how to best approach each one too.
Don’t forget to encourage a healthy work/life balance in their lives, because if an employee is happy at home, that will spill into their work life and vice versa.
When you don’t have motivated employees, it leads to a poor working community and therefore a higher rate of staff turnover which is costly for any business. Instead, use these simple but important tricks to build a strong workforce.