When considering ways to motivate employees keep in mind that each individual is different and therefore everyone is motivated by different things. While one employee may be motivated by money another may be motivated by working with supportive coworkers. One way to find out what motivates your employees is to discover their wants and needs. One way to do this is by performing surveys or questionnaires. Below are several factors that can motivate employees.
Incentives– Incentitives are one of the most common ways of motivating employees. Employee incentives can be money, gift cards, gifts, vacation trips, ect. The best way to decide what incentive to use to motivate employees is by asking them what they would like. You may be surprised that it’s not always money that an employee seeks.
Responsibility– Show your employees that you trust them by giving them responsibilities. Employees usually like having some control and making choices. It makes them feel as if they are a necessary part of the business.
Pleasant work environment– If an employee is working in an environment where there is a lot of negativity between management and employees this can diminish his/her motivation. An employee will be more motivated if he/she is working with supportive co-workers and management.
Interesting work– Performing the same tasks everyday will become boring and repetitive for employees unless they enjoy what they do. Find out what tasks your employee is good at and enjoys doing. Providing your employee with a task he/she enjoys can prove to be an effective method of motivating employees.
Listen – Listen to your employee’s concerns and take them seriously. Employees can become more motivated when they discover that you care about their concerns and problems.
Reward Good Work– Acknowledge employees who put in the extra effort. You can have an “Employee of the Month” or Certificates of Appreciation. Employees like to feel that their hard work is being acknowledged. Even a simple Thank You can show appreciation and improve employee morale.
Share business success– Making employees feel like they are part of a bigger team can be a great tool for motivating employees. Provide business performance reviews to let the employees know how the business is doing. Encourage employees to strive to achieve success and growing figures for the business. Reward the whole team when the business reaches it’s goals and beyond. You can reward them with bonuses or a pizza party. The best way to decide on a reward is to ask the employees themselves what they want. You may think you know what employees want but you don’t. Pass out a survey with different reward options and find out what really motivates your employees.
Job security– When motivating employees, job security is essential. If employees feel they might be fired or laid off they are more likely not to put their best efforts into the job.
Promotion/ Growth– Most employees have a natural wanting to improve. Everybody has dreams of where they wish to be in the future. If there is no goal or growth to be achieved, there is nothing to motivate them to work harder.
Be Flexible– Don’t make employees come to work when they are sick. Don’t penalize them for emergency situations. If it’s possible be flexible with the employee’s schedule. For example give them the option of choosing the day of the week they want off. By doing this you show employees that you care, and this will be appreciated.
Be Positive– A positive attitude can be contagious. As a manager and leader it is important to have a positive attitude. Something as simple as a negative tone in your voice can be enough to reduce employee morale.
Competitive salary– Though money is not always an employee’s main motivation, a competitive salary can help an employee feel that they are receiving what they deserve for their job description. If an employee is under-paid they will often go searching for other jobs that offer competitive salaries.