Motivating employees is an important part of cultivating a productive and positive work environment. Learn about how you can motivate your employees by implementing these 6 easy tips.
How to Motivate Employees
Your employees are the key to your company's overall success. Consider taking these steps toward cultivating a more positive workplace environment to strengthen employee motivation. All which translate to increased performance and a more robust bottom line.
1. Rewards and Recognition
Award an Employee of the Quarter
Make sure to give praise and recognize employee achievements. Do you have someone who has made special contributions to your organization’s success? A reward and recognition program is the easiest way to achieve a motivated, productive workforce. It is important to recognize any and all employees who have gone above and beyond the call of the duty. Whether this be in the form of an award, such as Employee of the Quarter, Employee of the Month, or recognition during your monthly company meeting or via a department-wide email. By doing so, employees will feel valued, which in turn, will boost employee motivation.
Here at TPI Staffing, we recognize a quarterly winner and the selected employee(s) receive an award and monetary bonus, at no extra cost to our client companies. It is our pleasure to identify quality candidates to join your team and it is our hope that they continue to make a positive impact and add value to your organization.
2. Stop Micromanaging
Give your employees the opportunity to work independently and get the job done without constant micromanagement. It's important to understand how your employees best flourish. Some may work their best while being micromanaged while others shut down and become frustrated. Create a balance, giving a greater sense of responsibility and control to your employees.
3. Provide Challenge
Repetition can become autonomous. Encourage employees to try more, rather than bore them to create a sense of motivation. Consider implementing monthly incentives or challenges in various areas of their job duties. For example, if you are the Call Center Manager, create an incentive to close the sale at a 20% increased phone call average. Ask employees to pick a new job-related topic to learn and teach the rest of their co-workers. For example, if you are the Human Resources Manager, ask your fellow HR Team to pick a topic, either- new sourcing strategies, recruiting trends, new legal and compliance topics, employee incentives
4. Continuous Learning Programs
Implementing a continuous learning program in the workplace is an important, effective way to increase employee motivation. Focus on areas that need improvement first, as well as honing the skills of the areas that employees master. We all can use a refresher course in some aspect of our job, and it's important to be ahead of the curve to keep your skills up-to-date.
5. Manage Less
Your employees are the key to your company's overall success. When managers spend more time micromanaging rather than developing an employees skills and goal-setting, you can expect high turnover rates and reduced employee engagement. Similar to the concept of less micromanaging, consider becoming a partner instead of regularly assigning and delegating tasks. Employees tend to follow by example. As a manager, it's critical to lead by example- so take steps toward cultivating a partnership among employees and you'll expect to see better results, all translating to increased performance and a more robust bottom line.
6. Have Fun
Cliche, but having fun is one of the most important aspects contributing to organizational success. Are you creating a workplace environment that your employees enjoy?
Evaluate your "fun-meter" by using this checklist:
- Do you have "Casual Fridays" that allow your employees to wear jeans to work?
- Do you often celebrate work anniversaries and birthdays?
- Do you decorate offices or cubicles?
- Do you congratulate for reaching goals
- Do you regularly host lunches for employees to attend?
- Do you have pizza parties, dessert parties, potluck lunches, or bring in catering to the office?
- During meetings do you play any games or raffles?
Let us know what fun ideas your company implements!