Tips To Improve Motivation In The Workplace

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Maintaining employee motivation in the workplace can be a challenge for some firms. While most workers are loyal to their company and realize the value of producing good work, no job is without at least some drawbacks and staff often end up doing tasks they don’t particularly enjoy.

While lulls in productivity are perfectly normal in any business, if you find the general morale and motivation of your team is waning and work efficiency is dropping, it can end up a significant headache and have a severe impact on your profit margins. Worst of all, if you don’t address dissatisfaction among workers, the problem can quickly spread leading to reduced output and poor customer service.

If you’re experiencing problems with staff enthusiasm, here are some ideas to help get things back on track.

Recognize and reward good work

Simply saying “thank you” when your workers do a good job is the easiest thing in the world but it’s amazing how many bosses fail to show gratitude to their staff. Recognizing good work is as significant as addressing poor performance – in fact, many managers would argue it’s more important as a way to keep motivation levels high. Also, if a member of your staff has done particularly great work, consider giving them a day or afternoon off as a reward. If your staff feel valued, they’re far more likely to work conscientiously and productively for you.

Pay a fair wage for a fair day’s work

The number one reason for staff dissatisfaction is a feeling of not being paid a fair wage for the work they do. If you’re to attract – and retain – the best staff, you need to make sure you pay them a reasonable salary for their efforts. Sure, you need to turn a profit but you get what you pay for and offering lower than industry-standard wages will only result in finding equally below par employees. Instead, take a look around your sector and see what your competitors are paying. Remember, if you’re to get a Return on Investment (ROI), you may well have to shell out a little more to find the right people. Along with your customers, your staff are your company’s greatest asset and you simply can’t put a price on a well-gelled team that works in harmony with each other.


Incentivize your employees

Creating a good atmosphere in the workplace isn’t just about offering good wages. In fact, many employees report greater satisfaction from feeling like they’re an important part of a team. Sure, wages and saying thanks will contribute to building morale but sometimes going that little bit further to make staff feel special can work wonders – so consider offering extra, unexpected benefits too. For example, a quick scan of the Healthcare marketplace may well present opportunities to incentivize staff with additional medical cover. Anything that’s out of the ordinary and helps make your staff feel important will serve to increase their motivation.


The take out

Building a good team atmosphere and a sense of belonging and value in the workplace takes time and dedication – but the rewards significantly outweigh the effort involved. Spend some time thinking about how you’d like to be treated as an employee if you worked in your firm and don’t be afraid to step out of the ordinary when it comes to showing your staff how much they mean to you. From organizing fun events to injecting a little humor into the workplace, there are a great many things you can do to make your employees’ time at work more of a pleasure and less of a chore. 

And the happier your workforce, the more productive they’ll be.