Employee motivation can be a hugely important part of a business’ success, as a team who is willing to work, is a team which can get results. However, employee motivation isn’t something that just happens overnight, it’s something that needs to be cultivated and nurtured by those in charge.
There’s also more to motivation than just getting work done, it’s also about the drive and desire to do well. Detailed in the post below is more about what employee motivation looks like in the workplace, as well as how this can benefit a business and what different techniques can be deployed to facilitate it.
What is Employee Motivation?
As alluded to above, staff motivation is essentially the level of drive, commitment and willingness an employee brings to their work. As we can all appreciate though, work itself can be demanding for many and finding this drive isn’t something that will necessarily come easy to everyone.
What are the Benefits of Staff Motivation?
As also aforementioned, staff performance and motivation go hand-in-hand and one of the main benefits of this is that a motivated workforce can become more productive, efficient and ultimately gain a business better results.
The creativity of individuals and teams can also be enhanced, as some people may feel inspired to come up with new and better ways of thinking and operating which they may then put into their respective roles.
The wider reaching effects of motivated employees can feed into other aspects though. For example, in terms of recruitment, a firm with a clearly motivated workforce is likely to be more appealing to prospective employees. Equally, when it comes to staff retention, employees are less likely to leave if they’re feeling happy and motivated within a business. It could also help to reduce staff absenteeism and issues between workers’ unions and business owners.
Ways to Motivate Employees
Here are a number of different methods and techniques to motivate team members:
By having opportunities for staff training it can improve both morale and motivation. This is because staff will know and appreciate that there are ways for them to learn more and develop in their roles.
Sharing Workloads and Time Management
A heavy workload can be quite a demotivating factor for many, as not only can it be stressful it can potentially lead to other problems which can affect the quality and standard of the work being done. By giving employees the ability to share workloads or work flexible hours, it can help reduce these stresses. On top of this though, if they are allowed to take more ownership over their work, it can make them feel empowered and potentially more motivated to complete this to a higher standard.
Financial gains can be a big motivator for staff, after all this is something that can provide them with tangible rewards from their work and a better quality of life. This could be in the form of a salary review, a bigger bonus or some form of prize for good work.
While it might sound simplistic, a little praise and recognition for good work can help to increase motivation levels. Not only can this incentivise those who are being rewarded to push themselves even more, other team members may also see and want this recognition and may subsequently strive to produce better work.
How to Measure Employee Motivation
It can be a good idea for a business owner to measure the effectiveness of the approaches they adopt if they’re looking to improve staff motivation – particularly if these are new initiatives they’re trialling.
This is because every worker is different and will respond differently to certain techniques, so to get a better idea of which methods to use in the future, a manager could try the following:
- Monthly, quarterly and annual reviews of employee performance
- Customer surveys that could show a correlation between increased motivation of staff and consumer confidence or satisfaction
- Employee surveys or questionnaires that review their feelings and motivation levels
- An internal review of company performance following the implementation of different motivation techniques
With these in place a business can help put itself on the right path towards improving employee motivation and in turn all the possible benefits this can bring.
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