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10 Effective Strategies to Motivate Employees and Boost Productivity
September 16, 2019
A crucial part of running a successful business is knowing how to motivate employees. It's not just important for staff morale and increasing job satisfaction; workers that are more engaged at work are also more productive. A 2018 study found that 39 percent of workers will work harder if they are happy in their current role (1).
Therefore, it's important to help employees feel fulfilled, valued, and engaged at work. If you're looking for fresh ideas, try the following 10 strategies to motivate your team and maximise productivity.
Set the Right Tone
In a survey carried out by Accounting Principals and Ajilon, around a third of respondents said they would quit their job or look for another job because of a bad manager or boss (2). So what does it mean to be a good manager?
You need to set a good example from the outset. If employees can see that you're a hard worker, they're more likely to work hard themselves. Likewise, if you want honesty, be honest. And if you want to inspire cooperation and be respected, be more helpful and respectful.
Be More Empathetic
A key part of gaining respect from employees is offering support when it's needed. When workers feel that they're being listened to, they're more likely to want to achieve better results.
In one study, 57 percent of workers said they would feel more loyal, be more productive, and take less time off work if their employer proactively supported their mental well-being (3).
While being supportive is a good quality to have, it's important not to get too involved. In a 2018 study, 39 percent of respondents said that being a micromanager was the worst trait a boss could have (4).
Give people the space to perform tasks the best way they know how. If you're not sure about the direction they're taking, encourage them to find other solutions, but show that you have faith in their abilities.
Provide Staff with the Necessary Tools
If you give workers the right tools to perform tasks, you're less likely to need to micromanage. Make sure that the initial training process covers all aspects of their duties. By troubleshooting all potential problems in the early stages, workers are less likely to ask for help later. Also, make sure that they have access to software or equipment that helps them perform tasks more efficiently.
You can give all the training in the world, but there will always be times when team members need help. Encourage everyone to work together for the greater good of the company. When workers know that others have their back, they'll work with more confidence and cooperation, and it reduces workplace conflicts.
Be More Friendly and Flexible
Getting to know each team member is a key part of the motivation process. The more you know about their life outside work, the more you can try to help them find a balance between work and home life.
Today, more companies are offering flexible working arrangements, allowing some employees to work from home when it's appropriate. Workers that achieve a better balance between their work and personal lives are happier, more productive, and more loyal to their employers (5).
Being more open and encouraging honesty will help you understand what motivates each employee. Provide a suggestion box or hold regular meetings to find out what people really think about their work. You'll find out what people care about most, what inspires them, and what improvements they think could be made. Show that you have listened by acting on recommendations.
Provide Regular Feedback
Give employees regular feedback about how the business is doing. Celebrate your wins. You're showing employees that you value their contribution and that they have an important part to play in the company's success. Showing what works and doesn't work will also help people to focus on winning strategies going forward.
Recognise Employee Achievements
If employees don't feel valued, they're unlikely to want to work hard for the company. To motivate staff, tell them when you think they've done a good job and thank them for their hard work. Encouraging words can have a significant impact on motivation levels. If possible, consider offering monetary bonuses to the highest achievers.
Encourage Employee Development
Many workers like the opportunity to develop their skills within a company. If an employee knows that the organisation they work for supports their growth, they're more likely to be motivated at work. In a 2018 LinkedIn survey, 94 percent of respondents said they would stay at a company for longer if the company was invested in their development (6).
How does each employee envision their future within the company going forward? Find out what skills people would like to develop. You can then offer specific training to help employees develop their skills. Also, consider sending employees to industry-specific conferences and events to build team spirit and increase their knowledge.
Making employees feel like they're a valuable part of the team and play a key role in the company's success is a crucial part of building motivation levels. With the right mindset and approach, you can create a positive working environment that is also filled with productive workers.
Use these suggestions to build a more motivated, collaborative team, increase productivity, and support the growth of your business for years to come. What strategies do you use for motivating your team?