Employee motivation

12 December 2019

As a business, it’s important for you to engage with your workforce and ensure you improve employee motivation.

There are various methods you can use to do that, plus many benefits for your organisation and workforce as a whole.

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Or you can read this guide, where we take you through the ways in which you can provide new incentives to your workforce.

What is employee motivation?

It’s the commitment, enthusiasm, and energy of your workforce to completing daily duties.

Understanding employee motivation can have a significant impact on the success of your business.

A motivated employee will have a willingness to go about his or her duties, whereas one who isn’t will produce a lower standard of work.

The importance of employee motivation in an organisation is that it ensures each staff member is performing to the best of their ability.

If they aren’t, then it can affect the success of your business. It can also lead to employees resigning due to a lack of satisfaction in their job.

A lack of employee motivation can mean higher turnover rates. As a result, you’d have to spend more budget on recruitment.  

All of which means you should be aiming to engage your staff to ensure they’re happy and contributing to the maximum of their abilities.

How to increase employee motivation

There are techniques you can use to go about increasing productivity. Key motivators for employees are job security, career development, and financial gain.

Salary is, of course, an important factor. But non-monetary motivation for employees are also important, such as flexible working and career development opportunities.

Below is a list of examples your business can consider to boost morale and motivation:

  • Offer a better work-life balance. This can help avoid the likes of depression at work, such as through a flexible start time or remote working opportunities—extra time for family life and hobbies has a significant boost to wellbeing.
  • Make sure employees take their lunch breaks—offer an hour so they can fully recharge and enjoy their downtime.
  • Provide healthy initiatives around your workplace, such as free fruit, a games room, or an office pet. These can all boost morale around your business.
  • Provide bonuses and salary reviews—these offer staff something to aim for and lifestyle improvements.
  • Have business transparency so your workforce knows you can trust them.
  • Hold monthly business surveys to find out what your employees are thinking, then act on the feedback they provide.
  • Recognise strong performance with rewards, financial or otherwise.
  • Discourage presenteeism so your staff don’t suffer from burnout.
  • Support mental health initiatives. You can use an employee assistance programme (EAP) to help you engage with staff.
  • Treat your staff with respect.
  • Offer training opportunities for career development.

The ways managers can motivate employees is important for the above methods. They should be active with their subordinates, offering advice and support to help staff feel valued at work.

The challenges of motivating employees

A lack of employee motivation can be bad for business—and there can be difficulties in delivering on motivating schemes. Some of the problems you may face include:

  • A poor leadership structure, which can lead to employees losing interest in their role.
  • Lack of challenging duties.
  • A toxic work environment, such as if there’s regular colleague conflict.
  • Struggles with the business leading to concerns over job security.
  • Lack of feedback, salary reviews, or bonuses.

Sometimes a business health check can help to address some of these issues.

How to motivate difficult employees can also be a significant problem. To do so, you should take a more open approach with them:

  • Listen to what they have to say.
  • Provide them with clear feedback on their behaviour.
  • Document all your findings.
  • Ensure they know of the consequences if they don’t improve.
  • Offer a chance for them to rectify their behaviour after a first warning.

The benefits of motivated employees

What sort of advantages will your business enjoy if you focus on motivating your workforce? You can expect:

  • Better productivity: Happier members of staff will be naturally inclined to do their duties to a higher standard.
  • Lower absences: There will likely be fewer sick days as your employees are happy to be heading into work each day.
  • Decrease staff turnover: Actively engaging employee motivation will keep them happy and eager to stay with your business.
  • Improve relationship with trade unions: Looking after your workforce will enhance relations positively.
  • High standards of work: Happy employees will work to the best of their ability and fully commit to delivering the best possible work.

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