If you have employees, chances are good that you want them to be happy, productive and motivated. Motivated employees work more efficiently and produce better results. Productive and happy employees lead to success.
Unfortunately, there’s no secret formula for motivating employees. In fact, motivation can be as individual as the employees who work for you. Some employees may be motivated by money, while others may be motivated by personal recognition.
In order to better understand how to motivate employees you must first understand how motivation works. Psychology tells us that motivation can only come from within. Motives are what drive human attitudes and behavior. Motives are internal, and they work from the inside out.
Motivation is that little push or nudge that people need to keep working toward a desired goal. It works in many ways and for nearly any situation; you simply need to find the right motivational tool to achieve the desired results. To motivate employees you need to find out what your employees want and find a way to give it to them or enable them to earn it.
One of the keys to being a successful manager is the ability to motivate employees and help them achieve their goals. One way to accomplish that is to provide added incentive. It’s a proven fact that if people like their job, they will be more productive. Generally, employees are willing and able to work if they feel their job is important and they are appreciated. The following are motivational techniques used by successful entrepreneurs.
Power of praise. A simple “Good job” or “Thanks a million” can do more to motivate people than just about any other method. The vast majority of employees yearn for recognition. Pausing to offer praise or words of encouragement can truly make someone’s day and motivate them to greatness.
Money talks. It’s a well-known fact that money makes people happy. Traditional ways to reward performance include pay raises, bonuses and promotions. However, gift cards are quickly becoming the incentive of choice for many organizations.
Pump up the perks. Staff members always appreciate perks. These can include extra vacation days, use of a company vehicle, or an exclusive club membership. Be creative in finding unique ways to celebrate success.
In the spotlight. Everyone enjoys being in the spotlight. Considering featuring top performing employee’s on the company Web site or talk about their achievements in the company newsletter. Present workers with an attractive certificate that can be posted in their work area.
Host an awards ceremony. If you want to pump somebody up, acknowledge their hard work in front of their peers. Awards ceremonies can be a simple event that takes place in the office, or can be an annual event that everyone looks forward to, especially those to be recognized.
Let them eat. Food has a way of bringing people together and can be a fun way to motivate employees. Host a company picnic or cater a company dinner. These types of gatherings make perfect opportunities to invite family members to join in celebration of employee recognition and the company’s success.
All of us enjoy recognition of our efforts to be successful. Take time to help your staff feel honored as you guide them along the road to success and glean the benefits of company loyalty.