Employee motivation made easy
September 17, 2013
While tough love might work for many people, it's not really a great motivator in the corporate world. Workers tend not to respond well to being chastised, threatened, yelled at or otherwise publicly called out for not completing a project for whatever reason.
In fact, this strategy can have pretty bad consequences. When employees don't feel respected or like they're worthy and contribute to the team, they're liable to quit and look for greener pastures. As tempting as it might be to try to motivate staff by telling them that poor results will emerge if a project isn't finished or a contract isn't secured, small business owners can't afford to do this.
So what does motivate employees and drive the best results possible? That old adage we've all heard from the elders in our families, "Kill them with kindness," actually has some truth to it.
Show them how they contribute
According to The Globe and Mail, one of the best ways to motivate workers is to encourage them and show them just what impact their actions have on the business.
The news source said that leaders can make it very simple - they just have to tell employees why they're doing the work they are. The newspaper explained that this can change staffers' entire outlooks - they go from thinking some of their tasks are busy work and menial to knowing that everything they do helps out the team in some way.
Moreover, The Globe and Mail reported that when individuals know how they're contributing and what the ultimate goal of the company is, they can start taking on more responsibility and making their own, educated judgment calls. This can make key players much more productive and launch the business to success it hasn't ever achieved before.
Think about incentive programs
Another thing company leaders might want to do is come up with a system of rewards. The good thing about this tactic is that owners don't have to break the bank. For instance, perhaps the worker who makes the most sales in a month will earn two extra paid time off days or will receive a gift card at the closing of the quarter.
Making a contest out of it can enable some healthy competition in the office and give employees something they want to work toward.