How many times have you told people you work in the employee motivation industry and they all ask you the same question: “Well, how do you motivate your employees then?” While this might sound like a simple question, it requires a complex answer. Continue reading to find out more!
1. Why even bother with employee motivation?
First, we need to start by explaining why employee motivation is necessary. A lot of people do not understand why a manager should care if their employees feel motivated. However, what they don’t realize is that low motivation equals disengagement and this leads to lower productivity, low morale and absenteeism. Therefore, by investing time and effort into increasing your employee motivation, you directly improve your bottom line! Motivated employees are the ones who work harder and come up with creative ideas. High employee motivation is a win-win solution for any company and every employee!
2. Who should be responsible for employee motivation?
Once we have all agreed that employee motivation is important, another question comes up: “Who should be responsible for it?” In reality, employee motivation is something everybody needs to contribute to. However, making everybody responsible means that nobody is responsible. Therefore, what many managers do is use a rewards program! This facilitates giving rewards as a sign of recognition of your employees’ efforts. This directly increases motivation and engagement.
3. The No.1 question: How do you motivate your employees?
So, here is the big one:
“How do you actually motivate your employees?”
Well, once we have covered the importance of employee motivation and using a rewards tool, the rest is easy. Have open communication with your employees about what kind of rewards they would like to receive. Furthermore, it is a great idea to tie the rewards points they receive to feedback received from your customers. In this way, you give them tangible proof of how important their efforts are.
In addition, make sure to keep the communication channels open. In this way, if, for example, your staff feels like the rewards are unachievable or not fair, they can share their opinion and ideas freely. Finally, make sure to keep the rewards system fun. Even though a little bit of friendly competition is always desirable, don’t pin your employees against each other. Give your employees the opportunity to give rewards points to their colleagues when they have received help or advice from them.
To sum up, there is no easy answer to the number 1 question everyone working in the employee motivation industry has been asked. However, by breaking down the question into these 3 simple answers, you can help others understand better how to motivate their employees and prove once and for all that you a pro at what you do!