Employee motivation is a continuing challenge at work. Supervisors and managers walk a tough road, particularly in work environments that don’t emphasize employee satisfaction as part of an embraced and supported overall business strategy.
Everyone faces a dips in motivation, and consistently maintaining high levels motivation in the workplace can be challenging. That’s why we gathered some great tips from experts to help keep you and your team motivated, day in and day out.
These tips aren’t specific to any industry, and most of them are either low or no-cost. They can be applied in small establishments, franchises, startups, and Fortune 500 companies.
1. Recognize great work
One of the most important factors in employee motivation is how often their hard work is recognized. 70% of employees say that motivation and morale would improve ‘massively’ with recognition from managers.
If an employee continues to expend discretionary effort to produce exceptional results, and that effort isn’t recognized, don’t expect it to keep happening.
It’s not just important to recognize great workhowyou recognize your team’s contributions has a significant impact.Employee recognitionisn’t just an annual bonus at the end of the year.
2. Set small, measurable goals
It can be incredibly demoralizing to work on a project that seems like it will never end. Visible progress not only feels good, it’s also a clear indicator that our work is making a difference.
We met with Walter Chen, co-founder of iDoneThis, who shared some great insights into the importance of clear goal setting and tracking progress.Setting clear, achievable goals provides a real boost of motivation each time one is conquered. You can magnify that effect by taking the next step and celebrating those achievements.
Part of what makes setting small and measurable goals so important is that it provides plenty of opportunities to applaud the results of your team’s hard work.
This doesn’t mean you need to give a standing ovation to every employee who made it to work on time, but it is crucial to let everyone know exactly how (and how much) much each of their contributions move the organization forward.
4. Stay positive
We can’t be happyallthe time, and negative emotions have their place, but it’s important to find ways to inject positive experiences into your team’s interactions to create anet positive workplace.
Why? Because its actually acompetitive advantageto have happy employees.Research shows that happiness raises business productivity by 31%and sales by 37%.
5. Stay fueled
It’s hard to stay focused and driven when you’re low on fuel. That’s why it’s so important for everyone to stay fed and hydrated (and caffeinated?). Unfortunately, it’s common for employees to become so busy engrossed in their work that they either forget or forego breakfast, and even lunch. That’s not great for their health and even worse for their productivity.
6. Take regular breaks
You can’t expect to maintain workplace motivation when everyone’s burned outthat’s why it’s so important to take regular breaks. Stepping back and taking a moment to refresh and re calibrate isn’t just helpful in staying motivated, it’s also important to your health.
Sitting all day isn’t good for you, and neither is working nonstop. Taking ashortbreak every hour or two can have a positive effect on both your mind and body. Don’t forget to get up from your desk and grab some fresh air!
7. Stay healthy
Nothing is worse than when an employee forces themselves to come into work when they’re sick, and gets everyone else sick.
It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be getting any of your best work done when you can hardly hold your head up anyway.
Make sure that the policies you’re instituting aren’t keeping people from taking the time they need to stay healthy. Think about the way you approach time off and medical benefits. Disengagement and lack of motivation cost companies across the world billions of dollars each year.
A generous time off policy might seem expensive at face value, but it can actually save your company quite a lot of money in lost productivity, poor attendance, and sub optimal engagement.