Encouraging employees to be motivated at work, while entirely essential to the success of a business, is not always top of mind. Practice the below tips for a more driven, positive, ever-growing workplace.
1. Give freedom, not tasks.
Believe it or not, employees want to feel part of the company’s success, from pricing out details to creating advertising campaigns to making final decisions on the key projects. Don't just delegate chores; hand over control to make meaningful choices. Carrying a responsibility comes down to trust, and trust is what ultimately gets the work done.
2. Make motivation about more than the money.
Money is the reason vacations abroad are possible and why a homemade dinner can be traded in for an evening out. Encouragement, however, should exist beyond the paycheck. Showing your appreciation is expressed through meaningful rewards and personalized surprises. Did someone produce brilliant work? Reward them with extra vacation days. Is an anniversary coming up? Make the employee’s occasion fuss-free by hiring them a babysitter. Feel like your team needs to decompress? An afternoon off is the perfect treat.
3. Ask for feedback, don’t just dish it out.
Sure, genuine praise and a quality critique enhance a working relationship. But go a step above and figure out what it is your employees find valuable in the workplace. Regularly hold one-on-one conversations about their expectations of you, of their job, and of the company. It may surprise you that birthday celebrations trump winning office views.
Without employee satisfaction and fulfillment in place, productivity at work takes a nosedive. By introducing greater responsibility, thoughtful recognition, and open communication, it won’t be long before you see happier employees, better work, and a solid future ahead.