We all dream of having a self-motivated, highly capable workforce that helps us grow our companies. But often, we create an environment that undermines that goal. You can’t motivate someone who doesn’t want to be motivated. However, you can create the right environment that will set the stage for motivation by giving employees the tools to feel competent in their jobs. Utilize the following tip to motivate your workforce.
The conversation doesn’t even have to be about work. When an employee knows they’re truly valued and that their boss has a genuine interest in them, they’re much more likely to perform well. Be sure to always listen to what your employees are saying, especially when it is work-related. Carving out some time each day to listen to anything from concerns to ideas will not only make your employees happy, it will also provide you with much-needed insight on your business from the people who help keep it running.
Nothing is more frustrating to an employee than enforcing rules and following procedures without the ability to make changes or decisions when necessary. Allow your employees to make their own choices. Let them have a say in how things get done and what the outcome is expected to be. Then let them choose the ways and methods to get the desired results. Supporting new ideas and giving an individual the chance to ‘run with it’ is motivating, whether or not it works out in the end.
One of the best ways to lay the groundwork for future motivation is to acknowledge and reward successes. Recognizing your employees’ individual efforts is important, but you need to be certain that nobody feels left out. You should take the time to let your team know that they are doing good work as a unit, and show that you appreciate their efforts. Taking just a few minutes out of your day to praise your employees for good teamwork can motivate them to work much harder. Of course, if you feel there is room for improvement, that’s okay, too. Just be honest with your employees about the work that still needs to be done.
Set an example
You can’t expect your employees to do anything that you would not do. Ask yourself if the expectations that you set for your employees are comparable to the expectations that you would set for yourself. Also, show your employees that you can be flexible. Things don’t always happen as planned. Yet, when employees see that you are open to going with the flow every once in a while, tensions ease up and productivity remains constant. Lead by example whenever possible.
In addition, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. You can get great insight into how to motivate your employees if you know how they feel about their work and the workplace. By following these simple guidelines you’ll motivate your workforce and improve the efficiency of your business.