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How to Keep Your Employees Motivated

How to Keep Your Employees Motivated

As an employer, one of your top priorities should be keeping your employees motivated and happy at work. After all, motivated employees mean a happy team and a higher work productivity rate. Here are a few tips for keeping your employees motivated at work.

Praise Your Employees

Giving recognition for doing a good job is a great way to keep your employees motivated and lets them know that they’ve done well. It will feel rewarding for them and show staff that they’re on the right track with the tasks they have been given.

Praise doesn’t have to be in the form of a ‘thank you’ card or round of applause, although it can be if you think it’s suitable. For a more informal way of praising your staff, you can send an email to the team highlighting members that have worked really hard this month or have a monthly round-up meeting to discuss what went well this time and praise your employees this way.

Provide the Right Resources and Offer Growth

Ensuring that your team has the right resources to do their job can keep them motivated: whether it be online learning software or the relevant safety equipment for manual labour jobs such as work gloves or safety clothing, means that your staff will feel confident in the knowledge that they have the tools and skills to do their job properly. Without regular training and available resources, staff may become lethargic in their role if they aren’t developing and learning new skills.

With more resources, your employees will be able to expand their skills and grow within the business, meaning that you’ll have a stronger team of passionate, skilled workers.

Listen to Your Employees’ Ideas

Most great business ideas come from the staff that work there. Your staff could have come up with a plan for something you might not have thought of before and it could be the next step in the right direction for your business. Likewise, if your team has any ideas for how the workplace could be better, or any resources that could make their job easier and more efficient it will pay to listen to them. Listening to your employees’ ideas and giving them a voice to contribute to the outlook of the business will make them more invested.

It might be a good idea to implement some type of Employee Suggestion Program so that your employees have a safe environment to share their ideas with you in case they don’t feel confident enough to say them directly to you. However, the ultimate goal must always be for your employees to be comfortable enough with you to share anything (work-related, of course).

Be Supportive

Make sure that your team feels comfortable at work and that they have a point-of-call if they have any issues. Having a good HR team and Mental Health Wellbeing Officer provides staff with a listening ear and the support and encouragement they may need. Staff who feel valued by their workplace are more likely to stay with the company for longer and work harder. Show interest in your employees’ personal lives and hobbies while encouraging regular meetings for development and building rapport. Make sure they also feel this support when personal emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances arise; make sure your assistance isn’t reduced to only good intentions, but that you will be honestly helping your employees’ situation.

We hope this short list of tips can help you keep high levels of employee motivation in your company. It all comes down to treating employees as they should be treated, and remembering they’re one of the most important pillars of a successful business.

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by Lottie Pritchard // Lottie Pritchard is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.