We have all been there, morale is low and there is a need to motivate your staff. What do you do, how do you do it? Times are still difficult in business, and we expect more from our employees than ever before. So here we give our advice on how to motivate your staff for a more successful and happier team.
1. People are motivated by personal gains, and the feeling of inclusion
- People will always be driven by personal gains, this is just human nature, but it isn’t the only aspect that drives them. Employees like to feel like they are part of something bigger, part of a team. To feel like they are contributing to goals. It isn’t just about money anymore. It is important that leaders in your organisation engage effectively – building commitment, sharing the vision and values and business plans. We hold ‘Town Hall’ meetings where the entire company comes together at the end of each month for an hour and is given an update on where the company is and where it is going. And this is always followed by a trip to the local pub! (see point 4)
2. Ensure a friendly, collaborative work environment
- Old offices used to have work dividers, and often booth-like desks, which frequently left staff feeling isolated and lonely – and more often unproductive. Now open plan offices are much more common and allow a greater collaborative style when working; something that enhances work styles. For those that are shy or a little more introverted, different methods of collaborative working enables everyone’s voices to be heard.
3. Respect a good work life balance. This can mean a multitude of things, whether that is offering flexible working or, respecting the boundaries of the office hours set for employees and allowing them to work those hours without pressure to deliver more time.
4. The team that socialises together stays together. Here you have an opportunity to break the ice and speak to colleagues you may not normally encounter in your day to day role. This can be at formal events such as the Christmas party (we also have a summer away day, which often includes a stay overnight), but also just a quick pint on a Friday before you all head home. It allows your team to socialise on a personal level and develop bonds that allow a greater understanding of those you work with.
5. Regular appraisals and positive feedback. Appraisals are important as long as they are done correctly. Having an appraisal for the sake of it is pointless, an appraisal needs to look at an employee’s progression and career path, and these need to be actioned, making your employee feel that they are valued. Feedback on a regular basis, and not just about the negatives – make sure that when an employee does something well – you tell them!
6. Trust your staff. Don’t micro-manage them, trust that they will get the job done. If members of staff feel that they are trusted to get the job done, there is more chance that they will be stimulated, have the desire to improve and grow and develop a healthy level of employee satisfaction.
Keeping your employees motivated and happy will lead to a host of benefits for your business, including:
- Higher levels of staff retention – leading to reduced recruitment costs.
- Higher levels of productivity as staff feel valued and stimulated.
- Greater levels of innovation and creativity – new ideas, new business developments resulting in higher profits.
- Good reputation – not only with your employees, but also to the external world. Therefore having your pick of the talent when you do need to recruit.