When running a business, there are not a lot of factors that are as important as having motivated employees. To be fair, there are not a lot of factors that are as difficult to achieve, either. One of the reasons that employee motivation seems so elusive to some is the fact that it is something that needs to become a regular routine, and not just a one-time deal.

Sadly, many employers fail to understand this. This can not only negatively affect the people in your employ, but it can also significantly hinder your business endeavor. Therefore, don’t just sit around, but educate yourself on time how you can boost your employee satisfaction, thus motivating them to give their best on the job.

Find out what drives your employees

Every single person is different. A certain thing that might motivate Mike over there to give his best might be the precise thing that will put Linda off. This colorful example should only serve the purpose of getting the message a bit clearer. Therefore, you need to find out what is it that makes your employees tick and try to implement it in your work environment.

Some employees work better when listening to music, while others need absolute peace to perform their best. So, encourage your employees to bring headphones and noise cancelling headphones to work – or even buy them the headphones yourself – and allow them to customize their working environments in a way that will boost their productivity. 

Reward them for a job well done

A kind word and a pat on the back do mean a lot. But, let’s face it – your employees are not coming to work for that. You are not their mom, so your “Bravo” won’t do much for them. Instead, if you’re truly satisfied with your employee’s performance, try to show it in a way that counts in the office environment.

For example, you can introduce a reward program, and award your employees every time their performance was award-worthy. These rewards can be anything from a one-time bonus to a convenient master gift card or even a permanent raise for employees that have consistently shown great results. If your employees know that there’s a small token of appreciation waiting for them every time they show excellence, they will be more motivated to do their best.

Ask them to help you improve

Another great way you can motivate your employees is by involving them in important decision making. This is probably the best way to show your employees just how much you value their opinions and input, and by allowing them to work with you on improving your company, they will become more loyal to you and your business.

This move is particularly interesting as it will provide you with the input of both sides of your company – you as an employer, as well as your employees. To avoid complete chaos, however, choose your employee of the month as the representative of all of your employees.

Invest in your workers

Finding a good, loyal employee these days is not easy. In this age of technology, people are constantly on the lookout for new possibilities and challenges. Chances are you will broaden the scope of services you offer at some point, which will raise the need for a certain new type of expertise in your employ.

However, instead of running off to find a new person for the job, ask your employees whether some of them would like to undergo a training program and learn the skills necessary for the new job opening. Of course, you should do this before you actually advertise those new services on the market to give your employee enough time to learn the ropes of the new position, and only if there are no interesting parties should you consider expanding your existing workforce.

The key thing to remember is that an employee who fears for their job will never be motivated or productive enough, so make sure you make it clear to your employees that you don’t consider them expendable goods. Job security is one of the things every single working individual is searching for, and if you offer your employees this, be sure that you’ll end up with a loyal, productive and motivated workforce.

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