Ways to keep your Employees Motivated

Ways to keep your Employees Motivated

Whilst all people like a fat salary and would never turn down a pay raise for a project well done, sometimes it is the little things that matter when keeping your staff motivated.

The heart of your business needs motivated individuals, especially for small businesses.  Motivated employees present fewer sick days, lower staff turnover and most importantly, increased productivity.  A happy workforce is a productive workforce.

So how do you go about it?

  1. Listen – it is really important that your employees know that they can talk to you and that you will take on board their opinions, concerns and suggestions.  Be approachable and make sure they now they can talk to you before demotivation starts to set in.
  2. Talk – Something as simple as saying Good Morning or Hello can make someone’s day.  Did they have a good weekend?  Form a more positive psychological attachment to the job and your company.
  3. Appreciation – Staff who feel valued are happier at work and according to research, happier staff are 12% more productive than unhappy staff.  Simply acknowledge when a job has been done well.
  4. Value – Make sure your staff know they are valued individually and not just as part of a team.  Recognise individual achievements and their needs.
  5. All work and no play – Don’t be too strict and create a stifling environment.  Provide opportunities for a little fun in the office.
  6. Flexible – Be flexible.  Do you need to have the traditional 9 to 5 working day.  Introduce flexible working or remote working arrangements, allowing your staff to manage their work life balance more effectively.
  7. Inclusion – Involve your staff in any major company changes.  Let them input into boardroom level decision making.  Keeping your staff involved makes them feel respected and a key part of the company.

Ways to keep your Employees Motivated