Motivation is essential to a healthy, happy and productive workplace. Here's how you can keep your employees motivated at your organisation.
Have you noticed a drop in productivity in your workplace? Perhaps the mood has changed, and your employees just don't seem as engaged as they used to be. If this is the case at your organisation, you could be suffering from a serious lack of motivation. But fear not, there are many ways you can galvanise your employees - here are some of the best.
1) Empower your team
Trust is fundamental to good relationships. And good relationships are integral to a motivated workforce. Unfortunately, many employees don't think their managers trust them. In fact, according to a study by Ultimate Software and The Center for Generational Kinetics, 80 per cent of managers think they're transparent with their direct reports, yet only 55 per cent of employees agree.
Trust is fundamental to good relationships. And good relationships are integral to a motivated workforce.
To show your employees that you trust them, find as many ways as possible to empower your team. This can include delegating tasks and giving others the lead in certain projects. Don't be afraid to put team members on assignments that may require different skill sets to what they're used to. Employees look for development in the workplace, and you can only provide this by giving them the opportunity to do new things.
2) Provide training
Linked to this is the need to provide constant training to your employees. People don't want to feel they're stagnating, especially millennials, for whom learning and development is a top priority (according to Gallup, 59 per cent of millennials say opportunities to learn and grow are extremely important to them when applying for a job). If an employee feels they are constantly being given chances to train and develop new skills, they are much more likely to feel motivated at work.
3) Acknowledge your employee's achievements
It's not enough just to delegate new tasks or put employees through training programmes. You also need to acknowledge these achievements. Make sure you're regularly giving shout outs for a job well done, and include every person that's worked on the project when you communicate these wins. It's also a good idea to show the tangible impact the project or training programme has had on the company. For example, has your marketing team upskilled in social media? If so, explain how their new understanding of social will help raise brand awareness and promote products more effectively.
4) Introduce an Employee Rewards and Recognition Programme
The best way to acknowledge your employees' achievements is via an Employee Rewards and Recognition Programme. This can be top-down from managers as well as side-to-side by incorporating peer-to-peer recognition. Both will show how much your company values its employees and the hard work they put in, encouraging them to do more in future and raising motivation levels across the board.
If you want to increase motivation in your organisation, look no further than the rewards and recognition experts at Power2Motivate. We have years of experience increasing engagement (and profits) at businesses around the world. What's more, our global rewards gallery gives employees a choice of thousands of different prizes, meaning they'll know they're working for something they really want.
If you'd like to boost engagement levels at your organisation, contact the team today or request a demo.