Jan 2, 2017
Why should I take the time to motivate my employees? This is a question that can be easily answered because people who are motivated will work harder! Many employers aren’t aware of what a positive effect motivation can have on their business. People perform at their best when they feel motivated, which is why motivation is extremely important in running a successful company. By motivating your employees you are pushing them to put more effort into every task, making them more likely to succeed in any venture they take on. Motivated employees start to look for ways to better themselves and the way they do things. They become more concentrated on the quality of work rather than the amount of work being done. By motivating your employees you are causing change for the better.
Employees can get caught in a loop of repetitive tasks, which can cause boredom and disengagement. Once employees become bored with what they are doing, mistakes and problems become more frequent. If this is a problem that has occurred in your organization there are things you can do to improve. The changes don’t have to be huge. Start small and work your way up from there!
Motivation can come in many shapes and forms. A simple acknowledgement of a job well-done could be sufficient in some cases. In others, giving a raise or promotion to an employee can motivate them to work harder within the company. Any reward an employer gives to an employee tells them that they are a valuable asset to the company. It is important that an employer shows ALL their employees they are important to the company. This can be a lot of work, but if you are smart about how it’s done it can be simple.
A good way to make sure you do this would be to take time out of each month and look at what every employee has done recently. Make note of their best work and the areas most in need of improvement. Then take what you have written and communicate it! It’s a good idea to talk to the employee in private to see how you can work together to address the areas in need of improvement. As for when someone does a great job, don’t just say “You have been doing nice work lately.” Rather, “I have noticed that you have been putting a lot of effort into making sure all the detail of the project are in order.” It’s important to name specific accomplishments! Let them know you can pick them out of the crowd and that they aren’t just another employee.
Trying to decide when motivation is needed can seem difficult, but there is no wrong time to motivate employees. Even if everything seems to be running smoothly, you never know when a person may need a boost. Motivation can be used at any time, but it is especially useful when a company is having trouble. At times of instability employees can start to feel insecure and afraid that they may lose their job. By communicating that the company is secure they will stop worrying and concentrate on work. They will move their focus back to working hard which will eventually contribute to the company’s success. Motivated people turn the impossible into possible.