Anyone who has been a boss will probably know that even strong motivation can falter over time given the right (or wrong) circumstances.
So, how do you keep your employees inspired and motivated?
Here are five ideas to consider.
- Nurture a positive workplace culture and environment. This includes creating a workplace focused on trust, connection, communication and transparency. A comfortable and safe physical environment is also important for improving employee satisfaction and productivity.
- Focus on outcomes, not the number of working hours. Rather than tying your workers to eight hours of attendance each day, offer flexible hours and focus on achieving outcomes. While this won’t suit every business, flexible hours can allow employees to work at the times when they are most productive and alert.
- Shift the focus to intrinsic rewards. While extrinsic rewards such as bonuses can be helpful, they are unlikely to be enough to sway an unhappy employee. Intrinsic motivation comes from being given genuine respect and value and having a clear purpose, rather than just a pay packet at the end of the week.
- Recognise every worker is unique and is motivated differently. For instance, some might want training and advancement while others might be happier staying in the same job. Get to know your workers and what makes them tick.
- Give your workers ‘ownership’ of their jobs. This starts with recognising that your employees are adults and treating them as such, as opposed to micromanaging them.
Lastly, consider putting your workers first. The usual approach is ‘customers first’ of course, but Richard Branson says workers should come first, followed by customers and then shareholders. His reasoning is that happy workers will treat customers well, and in turn shareholders will benefit as well.