We spend a good majority of our lives at work. It's gotten to the point where almost every adult has to work in order to bring in a viable income for their family. While work is a big part of all of our lives, it can also be problematic when it comes to feeling motivated for most workers. Most get up in the morning and literally drag themselves to work, dreaming of the day they can get out of their dead-end job and go onto something new, exciting and different.
As a manager, the last thing you want is for your place of business to become a revolving door as far as employees are concerned. A happy employee is one who stays and does an outstanding job. If your employees lack motivation, you'll find that performance is lacking and people are apt to leave if something better comes along. This is why it's crucial that you keep your employees as motivated as possible.
Ways to Motivate Your Employees
Here is a list of ways to keep your workers motivated on the job:
1. Open the Door to Communication
A good manager is one who is easy to talk to. If a worker feels they cannot go to you with an important matter without being reprimanded or eye-rolled at, they're not going to be motivated enough to get help for their dilemma. You need to be a manager who listens to their employees and offers help when they need it the most. Don't make it feel daunting for your employees to come to you for help.
2. Offer Incentives
There are a variety of incentives that you can offer to your workers that will motivate them so that they do a better job. Holiday bonuses and employee-of-the-month salary incentives will get workers performing to the best of their ability. The incentives don't have to be extravagant, but they should be enough that your workers will want to obtain them by doing a better job.
3. Allow for Job Advancement
There is nothing worse to an employee than a dead-end job. If a worker feels like they aren't going anywhere and there isn't room for advancement, they will begin to look for other forms of employment. One of the benefits to staying at a job for a long period of time is that you'll get salary increases and job title advancements. If neither of these is available, your workers will leave quickly and often.
4. Lead as an Example
Your employees need to see that you're just as willing to get down and dirty for the company as you expect them to do. You need to get on their level and do the exact same work they're doing to show that you care and understand their everyday struggles. A manager who sits at a desk all lay in a cushy air conditioned office looks smug and arrogant to their workers, especially if you're the same person who tells people what to do.
5. Show Appreciation
Your workers want to know that they are appreciated and that their work matters. Giving out recognition awards or just telling an employee "thank you, you did a great job" can be the light of their day. In fact, it's been shown that workers who are given compliments on their job performance regularly do better and learn quicker than other workers who are never told the same things.
6. Offer Flexible Scheduling
People like flexible job schedules that enable them to juggle home life with work life more easily. Your workers will feel motivated and ready to do a great job when you're able to be more flexible with their lifestyles. This doesn't mean that you should allow employees to work whenever or however they feel like it, but if a worker needs Tuesdays off for their child's care, you should be ready and willing to meet this demand.
We're approaching the end of Quarter 1, and it's time to acknowledge the staff members that got the company off to a great start in 2017. While most of the awards that initially come to mind are for quantifiable results (ex: number of sales, star ratings, revenue, customer retention, etc), there are plenty of awards that you should also hand out that†recognize the vital employees that produce more†subjective results. Here's a list of appropriate awards for the end of the quarter. By no means are these the only awards you should give out-- feel free to get creative. The more opportunities you can make your team feel appreciated, the better. As your scroll through this blog post, remember this quote...
"Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not just an employee - are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability." - former CEO of Xerox, Anne Mulcahy
We'll start with the obvious: you need to reward your top salesperson. This could be the highest number of sales or biggest dollar amount of sales. We'd take it a step further. Find ways to give out multiple sales awards. Give out awards to all your top salespeople that surpassed a certain quota. If you keep your salespeople happy, they'll most likely return the favor in the form of increased productivity and sales. Here's an example of a sales award you could give out: our American Rosewood Plaque
Here's an example of a less serious sales award you could give out:†the Sales Shark trophy.
Your customer service representatives are responsible for dealing with complicated product issues and disgruntled customers. It's a tough job that can be psychologically draining.†Don't overlook the customer service reps†that consistently keep the customer happy. Here's an example of an award you can customize for your highest rated customer service representatives.
The snooze button is every employee's first obstacle every day. If they overcome the temptation of the snooze, they have to plan how they'll combat the morning rush hour. Getting to work on time isn't easy. Reward those that find a way to be there every weekday, 5 minutes before 9am. Here's a good award for your punctual employees.
Your salespeople convert the leads, but how do they get the leads in the first place? Your marketing team drives the leads that end up becoming customers. Your marketing team†not only needs to execute tried-and-true marketing strategies, they also need to come up with new cutting edge ideas to bring in new leads. For the best ideas in Q1, we think this unique award should suffice.
Did you bring on any new employees in Q1? Is anyone retiring at the end of the month? These are the types of key milestones you'll want to acknowledge at the end of each quarter. Here's a good award for employees that are retiring: the Rosewood Mantle Clock
You can't forget about the staff members whose primary role is to support other staff members. They're responsible for the company's success too. For the best teammates, this award is appropriate.
Every company has a group of employees that go above and beyond the call of duty. Maybe they organize weekend outings to boost company morale. Maybe they take the lead on a charity initiative. These staff members not only perform their job duties well, they take it upon themselves to do more.†Encourage these types of employees to continue to surpass expectations by showing a token of your appreciation. This award should do the trick: the Flight Eagle
Your employees made Q1 a success. Let them know how much you appreciate them. This will ensure that you keep the momentum rolling into Q2 and beyond. If you have any questions about our products, don't hesitate to call us at†800-377-8646.