Salary – while it is certainly the main consideration for potential employees when considering a new job, you might be surprised to find out that research shows that it is not effective in keeping employees motivated on a day-to-day basis.
Rather, motivation at work needs to come from another source – from leaders.
As a leader in your company, how can you provide your employees with motivation to be valuable assets to the company?
Here are 5 tips:
1. Be passionate
If you are lukewarm about your company, project or tasks, chances are your lack of enthusiasm will be seen, and transmitted, to your team. Therefore, it’s essential that as a team leader, department head, or manager, that you show passion about what you are doing. In turn, your passion will rub off on your employees.
2. Develop individual talents
Your team is made of up individual people with individual talents. Notice them, and cultivate them. For example – if someone has an artistic flair, ask them if they are interested in taking over some graphic design responsibilities. If someone loves social media, curating the company’s FB page and learning how to use Hootsuite would be right up their alley. If someone is a good organizer, let them set the timeline for the project’s deadline. Harnessing individual employee strengths will not only serve each member of your team, but also your team as a whole.
3. Don’t micromanage
Nothing takes the fun out of a project like a supervisor who is constantly standing over your shoulder. Allow your team members the opportunity to do things for themselves. What you can and should do, though, is provide clear instructions about what the task/project is. Then, let your team go for it in their own ways.
4. Provide a comfortable work environment
Employees are not likely to feel motivated if their physical needs are not taken care of. This means: making sure the air conditioning/heating works. Having relatively new computers with fast internet connection. Having a full stock of coffee and milk that employees can help themselves to. All these little creature comforts might be taken for granted when they are there – but when they are not there, they are noticed, and boy are they de-motivating.
5. Appreciate employee contributions
When your employees do a good job, tell them. But don’t stop there – explain how they have added to the value of the company or helps reach the project’s overall goals. Being appreciated and seeing how your work has made a difference is a great motivator.
Because employees are human, leaders need to remember that motivation is necessary on a routine basis. Without it, it’s a slippery slope towards employee dissatisfaction, which can then lead to a higher rate of turnover. So don’t let employee motivation be something that slides, even though it takes a lot of effort. The ROI is worth it.