When you find efficient people, who share the organisation’s values and beliefs, you need to make sure they ‘stick around’. Whilst, of course, money and benefits are important, they are not on top the list of motivating factors.
Some of the most important factors tend to be peer motivation and feeling encouraged and recognised.
Improving the work environment can play an essential role in increasing employee motivation. The first step is to make sure things are well-maintained and that you have updated working equipment. It also means keeping things clean and nice looking. Food is equally important. Sometimes all you must do to make people happy is to feed them. When your employer pays attention to your physical needs, you get the impression that they care about you as a person. All of these will make things a lot more enjoyable for your employees.
Bad management is one of the top reasons why employees leave. Things like respect, honesty, support, and clear communication are the foundations, but there’s a lot more you can do to be a great leader and mentor. The key message here is: if you’re a good person to work for, your employees will be more loyal.
If you want to keep your good people and keep them motivated, it’s worth considering starting an incentive programme. If people know they’ll be rewarded for a job well done, they’ll be more likely to do a good job and stay in the organisation.
Giving your employees room to grow within the company is a huge motivator. There’s the psychological factor of feeling like they’re trusted and respected for their work. When you give your best employees growth opportunities, it shifts their thinking from working to get paid to working to achieve something, contribute and make leverage.
Satisfaction in your work can come from a variety of places, one of which is feedback. If people feel that their efforts are appreciated, they will feel compelled to continue with the good work. Letting your employees know they conducted a good job (be specific here!) makes them feel good and gives them a deeper connection to their co-workers, managers, and the organisation in general.
Having insight into how business is going makes your employees more invested. So, make it a practice of sharing data and information with them on a regular basis. Being regularly informed not only makes your employees feel like they’re an important part of the business, but it also helps point out areas where things could be improved.
Having great employees who have been at your company for a while is a huge plus. Keeping employees motivated, especially during tough times is an important part of your business’ success. Long-time employees know the ins and outs of things, and they also make running your business a lot more enjoyable.
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