In this article on motivating your employees beyond bound, I will give some time tested tips that will help business owners motivate their staff and keep them motivated. Remember the output of a business is as good as the level of the staff motivation.
Employees make a lot of promises in their Curriculum Vitae (CV) while applying for a position in your organization. They start off with good intentions only to loose all the motivation within a very short time. What are those things that went wrong for them not to keep all or some of the promises at least and what happened to that initial motivation?
A lot could be responsible but I think that workload and work related stress contributes a lot but importantly, employees loose motivation majorly due to the way their manager treats them. In this article are tips to help you get your employees motivated and keep them motivated as long as they work for you.
Factors that motivates employees beyond bound
(1) Showing your employees that you love and respect them for whom they are:
I am yet to see a stronger motivating factor than love – in fact, motivation is a product of Love. This is a fact that no one can deny. What motivate people to take action is one way or the other connected to love. In this context, your employees will be motivated to show appreciation for the love you have for them.
We human beings have a thirst for appreciation and respect and will do any thing within our reach to help improve the live of whoever will give these to us. Write a biography of a living man and you will be sure of selling at least a copy.
A manager does not gain anything by being a bully at work place. The word Manage does not mean bully. This does not however mean that people should not be cautioned when they go contrary to acceptable practices, just that decorum should be the watch word.
(2) Set an achievable standard for them:
There is absolutely no point setting a standard that is impossible to achieve. I am not saying that simple to achieve standard helps either. In the working environments, there are standards set by employers. These standards could either be; ideal, attainable, normal or current standards.
Of all these, an attainable standard is the one that motivates employees the most. Attainable standards coupled with the eagerness to show appreciation for the love and respect you show them will not only make them achieve or surpass the standard but will get them motivated for as long as they work for you.
(3) Give genuine open commendation:
Giving an open commendation is closely tied to respecting and loving your employees. Little things matter so much in the psychology of motivation. Commend the achievement of deserving employees in your regular gatherings and watch what will happen to their motivation and energy level. Everybody wants to be openly appreciated for a job well done. The golden rule is to openly appreciate and secretly reprimand.
(4) Give them nice perk (remuneration included):
Even though money is not every thing, it still remains one of the main factors that motivates people to work tirelessly. Make your employees’ perk reasonable. Striking an optimum level in your employee remuneration package is a standing old trick that successful businesses have been using for ages – tap into it.
(5) Over look some of their trivial mistakes:
Employees tend to give out their best when they know that they will not be severely punished when they make trivial mistakes. Most employers however get it wrong in this regard. Take care not to give them too much freedom as by nature we tend to misuse opportunity. Caution is the watch word.
Also, try making the working environment conducive by doing your best to improve the workplace security. This will help bring out the best in them as everybody loves a conducive and clean environment.
Apply the above techniques and see your employees get motivated, stay motivated, and enjoy themselves while working for you and giving you their best