You’ve just hired some great employees, and now you have a great team who you want to retain and develop. This blog post will provide you with 10 ways in which you can motivate your employees.
As you would have expected money and perks are important to employees and act as a motivator when deciding to take a job however, they’re not the greatest motivators. Instead, factors like Peer Motivation (20%) and “doing good” (18%) have proven their worth. Take a look at our graphic below which highlights the most important factors.
Here are our top 10 ways to motivate your employees:
Create a pleasant place to work.
No one wants to be stuck in a boring, dull office for hours on end, doing the same tasks daily. An aesthetically pleasing, well-lit fun space makes work a lot less monotonous. This can be done simply by keeping equipment tidy, in working order and modern. Making your workplace more lively doesn’t have to be expensive and can be done simply by purchasing features from local artists or furniture from quirky shops. The little touches you make to the office make employees’ work life more enjoyable.
Be a supportive, honest and respectful supervisor
“Employees leave managers, not companies.” In fact, in 2017, 75% of employees who voluntarily left their job, did so because of a bad boss. It may seem like a simple, obvious thing to treat your employees well. But honesty, respect and support among other great foundations can be built as a result of being a great manager. Employees are more motivated and loyal, if you are a great person to work for.
Offer employee incentives and a rewards scheme
Employees will stay with your business if they have good reason, offering an incentives scheme can help to provide a great reason for employees to stay in the business. However, when offering rewards, do not be rigid in your approach. This statistic of more than 4 in 10 UK workers want a flexible reward package, proves that rewards packages should be a flexible benefit.
Health & wellbeing benefits, pension benefits, employee healthcare benefits are all among popular benefits which employees’ value. A top tip is ask your employees what perks they would value the most. By doing this, you are able to gauge how happy your employees are and what you can do to retain staff.
Give employees room to grow and nurture their talents
This motivating factor is even more relevant if your company is undergoing rapid growth. Yes, you can always offer employees more money to keep them, but nurturing talent may be a better solution. By offering training to employees you are not only motivating them but also strengthening your business. If you decide to open another location for your company, it might be a good idea to give high performing employees a shot at management, with training if they desire.
Share positive feedback
Positive feedback can make yours or someone else’s day, satisfaction in work is becoming increasingly important to employees as a motivating factor. 82% of employees appreciate both positive and negative feedback from peers, managers and customers. A little bit of feedback can go a long way into an employee’s development and job satisfaction.
Be transparent with your workers
Employees are more likely to be invested in you as a manager and their job if they know what is going on in the business. A good tip is to share data, feedback or jobs with your team so that they know what is happening in and around your team. This leads to higher motivation and loyal employees as trust is being built between everyone.
Offer flexible working
Technology is not only changing how we work, but also when we work. Checking emails after work hours, finishing spreadsheets or projects at home is a common issue. Offering employees flexible, or “agile”, working is only reasonable in today’s society. 46% of employees stated that flexibility is the most important aspect when looking for a new job. Flexible working allows employees to work when they are most productive. Yet, by offering agile working they can still drop off or pick up their children from school.
Offer free food in the workplace
Nobody works well if they are hungry. It seems so simple, but snacks can make people feel happy and more satisfied in work. According to talent culture, employees’ happiness rises from 56% with an empty cupboard to 67% in workplaces that offer free snacks. As an employer, offering free, food-based perks demonstrates that you are invested into the well-being of your staff. Consequently, they are more likely to endorse the business, subsequently attracting a higher quality candidate.
Recognise employees’ achievements
Recognising your employees’ performance at work will motivate them and make them feel more valued at work. If they have been putting in overtime into a project, or they go out of their way to help colleagues, a bit of praise and recognition can motivate them to continue their performance and work harder. If employees put in extra work and effort and this is not recognised by the organisation or indeed their manager, then the employee may be compelled to not put the work in, in the future. In fact, lack of recognition is in the top 10 facts why employees leave work.
Ask employee’s what they value and their view on the business
Instead of guessing what employees value and what actions they would like to see happen at your organisation, sit down with them and discuss their personal views and goals. This may be unexpected however, it could potentially benefit you, your employees and the company.