How to motivate your staff
Motivating your staff can be a challenge but can yield rich returns with increased productivity. Find out the key components of motivating your staff.
Keeping your staff motivated is imperative in maintaining high levels of productivity. Here are our key pointers on how to motivate your staff every day in your workplace:
It is important that you and your organisation create an atmosphere that your employees can thrive in, not one that fails to inspire them and leaves them unmotivated. Creating an environment that is pleasing to the eye and lets people get the job done whilst having a good time will nurture excellence and help create a positive workplace culture.
Discouraging a stay-late culture in your workplace will motivate staff to come to work fresh and willing to work hard. Simple things like providing food and drink and organising regular activities and retreats to alleviate boredom do wonders, and cost relatively little compared to the results they can generate.
This is especially important for those staff members that are more established in their role, it is important to trust them and allow them to do the job they are there to do. Always peering over their shoulder, showing signs of disbelief and a lack of trust will not motivate anyone.
As a manager it is your job to allow your staff to work to the best of their abilities, removing obstacles and offering help as and when it may be needed. Listening to your staff and providing them with what they need will create a healthy working relationship. If there are regular complaints regarding a particular process, change it, and do everything you can to ensure smooth procedures.
Always give credit where it's due and show gratitude for a job well done. Likewise don't overdo the criticism as this will also add further resentment and de-motivate. Allowing your staff the room to be creative lets them grow in confidence; limiting people will only breed boredom and resentment. Provide opportunities for growth, be it providing challenging tasks or setting objectives.
Be a Team
Be sure to promote team spirit. Highlight a clear business directive and make sure that every staff member knows they are an important part of bringing the whole organisation to where it needs to be. Celebrating wins as a team, and taking losses together is the perfect way to inspire the team to work together, and sustain motivation.
Remember you're part of the team as well, so showing that you're prepared to get involved with everyone else will also be encouraging for your team.
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