Are you entering your place of business with the thoughts that someone has turned all your employees into zombies? Have you noticed a higher rate of workers calling in sick? Maybe you have to mediate in employee arguments. Has productivity and sales slipped?
It sounds as if you have a motivation problem.
Yes, I said you have the motivation problem.
You assumed I was going to say that your employees have the motivation problem, and you are correct….But, employees normally play follow the leader, and if the leader is demotivated, the employees will not have any motivation.
So, the first item of business is to motivate yourself. Take a vacation, or eat a bowl of your favorite ice cream. Find what will motivate you, and you will then have a better chance in motivating your employees.
Now that you have a huge smile and you are motivated, try any, or all of this 16 methods to motivate your employees. Yes, a pay raise always helps, but that is not the only answer.
1: Performance Bonuses
When that employee goes above and beyond, rewarding them with a performance bonus can create a willingness to keep performing above standards.
2: Create Team Missions
In many work environments, employees work solo. By changing things up and creating a team mission, you just may see a renewed energy from your staff.
3: Reward The Employee Through Their Family
Find a system to reward an employee’s family to a paid entertainment. It could be a drawing, or you could just go in alphabetical order. Now, some employees may not have a family per say…this is where you should allow them to invite a friend or 2.
4: Community Service
Here is an idea where you can gain respect from your local community and motivate your employees at the same time. Why not shut down the office or factory for 1 day and perform community service? You could clean trash from a river bank or roadside, paint a public building, or any number of community service ideas.
5: CEO-Employee One On One Time
How about picking an employee and taking he/she to lunch? Just a little one on one time with a boss that will listen and converse can really create inspiration in the workforce.
6: Offer Education Incentives
Maybe your local college is offering a course that could benefit some of your employees. Possibly there is a seminar that could help. Just offering to pay for these educative opportunities can inspire your workers.
7: No Favorites
This can be difficult, as there seems to always be a favorite employee but as the boss, you should not play favorites. While having a “CEO pet” may motivate the pet, it could demotivate the rest of the staff. Treat all the same, and you will gain respect and motivated employees.
8: Kids/Pets Day At Work
Depending on the work conditions, it may be a great motivational factor if you allow employees to bring their children or pets to work for a day. Of course, you will want to check your insurance to make sure you can do this safely.
9: No Micro-managing
Most employees have a difficult time being motivated if their employer is standing over the top of them watching every move. You can monitor their work without hovering over them.
10: Improvements And Suggestions
Having a system that rewards employees for profitable or ergonomic improvements can create a huge buzz of motivation. Many large corporations use this technique because it works.
11: Profit Sharing
When you share your profits with the employees, they feel an ownership in the business. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but splitting 10-20% of the profits between your employees can create a whole new and improved work force.
Making sure your employees are comfortable in their work environment is a large motivating factor.
13: Simple Prizes
Just giving a lottery ticket, a movie pass or some small prize for productivity works. Try it!
Provide your workers with reachable goals and get out of there way. If you give them the map, they will follow it. Make sure and congratulate them when they reach those goals.
15: Recognize High Achievers Publicly
This somewhat goes with #14. When an employee does well, call them out in front of all the other employees. It will enliven the motivation of everyone.
16: Create Friendly Competition
Almost everyone likes friendly competition. Use the small and simple prize system with the winners of these competitions.
Remember, the first person that needs to be motivated is you, the boss. After that is solved, use these methods, and watch your workforce get inspired.
About the author
As a book author and freelance writer, Greg Boudonck writes on a variety of subjects. His favorite subject is business management. With well over 10 years of professional writing experience, you will find Greg’s material easy to read and understand. Visit Greg’s website: Lancerlife.com to see more.