5 Key Tactics for Motivating Employees
It matters not what you sell, build or invent, the organization you work for can’t possibly move forward without employees. Company founders, CEOs and managers all realize that keeping their employees harmonious can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Let’s now consider 4 key tactics you can use to motivate employees so everyone gains.
1. Foster a Sense of Ownership
Motivation in the workplace comes from employees’ feeling ownership of the company's projects and products. Try to enhance the feeling of responsibility among the employees for whatever it is that the customer is actually buying.
One way to inspire a sense of ownership is to encourage team members to become familiar with the entire work process and understand how their daily work contributes to the larger organizational goals. When you allow individuals to get involved in projects' outside their typical duties, they can then bring more ideas and input to the table on every stage of the process. This also adds to an overall feeling of involvement and importance for each employee. When employees feel personally connected to their work and their organization, employees will strive to do their best to not let down their company or their colleagues.
2. Push Past Comfort Zones
Not many employees wish to perform one single specific task continuously, day in and day out. As such, do not be afraid to grant employees new responsibilities, as this will allow them to grow and feel more valued within the organization. In fact, rather than decreasing workplace productivity, letting employees work on new projects and build new skills can actually reduce the capacity for boredom and burn-out.
3. Keep Everyone Informed
Business leaders often possess a wider view of the greater picture than their employees. However, it pays dividends to let employees know what is going on in the company and what may be happening in the future. By helping your staff to understand the company’s vision and long term goals, as well as how day to day actions play into the larger scheme of things, you promote the feeling that everyone is important to the organization.
4. Pay Attention to What Matters (It's Not Just Salary!)
When employees are hired, compensation packages are certainly a big deal. However, once the deal is struck, there’s often a shift in the source for motivation and other aspects come into play – the purpose behind the job, the challenge, the opportunity to learn, and the chance to contribute. In addition to these motivators, some companies provide perks like childcare facilities, complimentary food, and even the option to bring pets to the office. Nevertheless, job perks are typically less powerful as a motivator than in-job challenges combined with the feeling of being a highly valued and contributing member of a team. A manager must understand that even though perks are a valuable asset, they are not a true substitute for primary sources of professional inspiration.
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