Best Ways to Motivate Your Employees

by Perjan Duro, Founder

Hardworking and engaged employees are the lifeblood of every business these days. Without employees, no company can develop or grow properly. That's why it's important to establish a proper company culture and hire workers that are the best cultural fit. However, just because your employees fit your company's culture, it doesn't mean they are properly motivated and engaged from the start. In addition, you can't expect from your employees to become motivated overnight either. That's why managers have to implement practices that will boost employee motivation and engagement.

Otherwise, you're risking costly turnovers that can greatly slow down your company's growth. When thinking about motivation, the first thing that comes to mind for most managers is monetary incentives. Although money can be a great motivator in most cases, employees are not always looking for a raise. Oftentimes, employees need good work conditions and environment, as well as unique growth opportunities to become truly motivated. That being said, here are a few of the best ways to motivate your employees.

Appreciate their efforts

Recognizing and appreciating your employees’ hard work does wonders for motivation and good morale. Employees want to know that their work doesn't go unnoticed and that they're not just a means to an end in your company. That being said, take time to appreciate your employees for their work whenever you can. You can provide recognition either privately or in public, just make sure your employees are aware that you acknowledge their efforts.

Offer meaningful rewards

Rewards are another means of recognizing and appreciating your employees’ hard work. Meaningful rewards have the ability to boost employee motivation and morale. Rewards can be given on any number of occasions, such as successful completion of a project, reaching an important business goal, overcoming a difficult challenge and so on.

They can also be given on less-formal occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries and so on. In any event, rewards can greatly boost overall employee motivation and engagement. The type of reward can vary based on the occasion. Choosing a gift for an employee has never been easier since there are various Mastercard gift card programs available. In addition, rewards can also be extended vacation days or something else that's relevant for your employees.

Help with their work-life balance

Work-life balance is probably the most important factor for employee motivation. It has become increasingly difficult for people to juggle both their personal matters and work-related obligations. In most cases, one suffers for the sake of the other. Helping your employees find work-life balance can ensure their gratitude, as well as their motivation. What's more, helping employees with this matter doesn't have to cost you a dime.

You can greatly help them out by introducing more flexibility. For example, you don’t have to use fixed working hours. Allow employees to come in late or leave early, as long as they manage to finish their daily tasks. Also, let them work from home if the need to attend to some personal matters. That way, you're giving support to your employees and helping them take more control of their lives. In return, you'll have a loyal and motivated workforce.

Offer them stability

Stability is one of the primary ways to ensure employee motivation. Many people nowadays are in fear of losing their job. Companies lay off workers to cut operational costs and many workers are replaced by technology and outsourcing. Even though there are possibilities to find employment elsewhere, there's still the lingering issue of financial instability and uncertainty between jobs.

Job stability can, therefore, ensure employees that they can thrive at your company and can motivate them to become engaged. You can offer employee benefits, such as long-term job stability, retirement plans and benefits, sick leave, paid vacations and so on. When employees know your company will take care of them properly, they'll be more motivated to continue doing a great job.

Utilize the full potential of your employees

Many companies hire employees for specific job positions. In most cases, employees only switch job positions when they're promoted. Don't wait for an employee to get a promotion before you explore their true value. Involve employees in tough decision making and let them prove how capable they are. This can vastly improve employee motivation, as they'll be able to prove themselves when handling more difficult objectives.

Allow your employees to brainstorm ideas and collaborate to come up with innovative and creative solutions. That way, you're not only encouraging your employees to become more motivated, but you're also helping them establish meaningful relationships between themselves. In addition, your employees may surprise you when it comes to finding ways to overcome business challenges in a faster and more efficient way. You only need to give them a chance to do so.

Employee motivation is very important for company success. If your employees are disengaged and see no meaning in being motivated, your company will soon start to fall behind. If you make an effort to motivate your employees, you'll have an engaged workforce who will help drive your company forward, as well as help it achieve success on the market.

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