Employee motivation is a crucial aspect that can make or break a business. As an owner, you might have all the enthusiasm and hard work to start working on your plans, but you must remember that you can’t reach the end goal without some help from your professional team. After all, that’s the main reason of hiring and working with them.
How can you boost employee motivation and make them work like they’re owners of the company?
There are many ways on how to increase employee motivation without necessarily increasing their pay. Remember that money isn’t everything and a good employee will perform well if they are happy about their work.
Happiness in the workplace comes from:
Every hard working employee deserves a pat on the shoulder. Giving them remarks that can flare up their confidence will make them feel that their accomplishments are always recognized. You don’t need to look for big achievements to give them a simple recognition. A simple perfect attendance record deserves your attention as an employer.
Showing gratitude is also one way of recognizing their efforts as your employees. A simple “thank you” can go a long way.
2. Providing one-on-one mentorship
For start-up businesses with minimum number of employees, business owners can handle performance improvement programs themselves. This will make your employees feel that you are within their reach and not some CEO elitist. One-on-one sessions are recommended, but group discussions and trainings will enhance professional relationship as well.
For larger businesses, entrusting this task to your HR department would be convenient; however, make yourself visible during trainings at all times. Trainings can provide them a chance to learn new skills that can help them grow professionally.
3. Giving them work titles
It feels good to be called a “facility manager” than an office staff. While both may imply the same thing, having a job title will make each employee feel that they are important to the company and their job has an individual contribution to the business.
4. Creating a work-friendly environment
A recent study suggests that employees regard working conditions a necessary aspect of producing high quality work.
The Google headquarters is a prime example of a work-friendly environment, but if your budget does not meet the needs of creating such environment, making sure that your employees have everything they need is the least you can do. Implement the 4S of a good working environment and always make sure that all equipment is working properly to prevent delay of submitting outputs.
5. A clear career path
Majority of the employees would want to have a clear career path as soon as they set foot on your office. Guaranteeing them a strong working tenure will encourage them to work more and keep the job entrusted to them. This ingredient is often forgotten as an important factor of keeping good employees at work. If there is something that can motivate employees to work harder, it is the assurance that after all their effort, an improved career is waiting for them.
Motivating employees basically focuses on three things: their employer, the working environment, and the job itself. Different employees have different needs in their workplaces, but all of them want to have a good professional relationship with their employer and their co-workers.