Many companies tend to struggle with motivating their employees to work hard and put in their all. A surprising number of employees seem unengaged and uninterested in the goals of the company, which can put all the hopes for the company on the higher-ups. Here are ten tips for improving the work of employees at every level of the company.
Provide good constructive feedback on a regular basis, making sure that it is thoughtful and thorough. Feedback is essential to good work; you can’t expect someone to know that they’re doing something wrong if nobody ever told them that it’s wrong. The direction is essential to having a team of good workers who know what they’re doing.
2. Adequate training of managers
The higher-ups in a company typically get more training, leaving the people in the early stages of their career floundering without direction. If anything, the lower-level managers are the ones who need the most training and direction, as they are at the beginning of their careers; focusing only on the top company members isn’t enough to ensure the success of an entire company.
3. Support employees
Emotionally support them. Financially support them. Replace their equipment when it needs to be replaced and supply them with the necessary direction. If an employee is falling behind and not reaching their full potential, people could be able to identify the difficulties and distractions in the employee’s life that are causing the drop in productivity and work to eliminate these, therefore creating a hard-working, passionate employee who is eager to reach his or her full potential. Supporting employees, in general, is beneficial and necessary to have a good, functioning company.
4. Economic Benefits
Make sure that lower-level employees also have economic benefits, though they should be carefully designed so as not to drain the company’s finances with undeserved rewards. It should be very structured so that the company still reaches defined revenue targets.
5. Don’t be emotionally unavailable or unattached
One science study shows that recognition motivates workers more than money. Recognizing the good work that an employee does and treating them like a friend as well as a worker can go a long way in making them more passionate about doing what’s good for the company.
6. Make sure that your leaders prove good role models
People tend to emulate their superiors, and it is important to ensure that company leaders prove great role models for all of the workers in the company. A leader who has no regard for company rules and flaunts their importance would probably cause their employees to emulate them; however, a leader who is very conscious of company rules and makes a point to follow them would do the same, so it is in a company’s best interest to ensure that company leaders are doing a great job of not only talking the talk but actually walking the walk.
7. Respect employees
When people feel respected, they are more willing to put theirs all into a company. Treat employees like real human beings with needs and desires and feelings and families, and they will be much happier as a result.
8. Set goals and use results to motivate employees
A great question an employee can ask him or herself is, “Was I more productive today than I was yesterday?” This is creating a competition against oneself where the employee is trying to beat their own former productivity. Another example of a goal would be, “We want a five percent increase in sales and a five percent decrease in time spent on entertainment websites by this date.”
9. Factor in vacation and downtime
Companies are made up of humans. Humans have needs. One of those needs is time off. Make sure that your employees are not being worked to the bone; studies show that breaks and vacations can result in better productivity, and it’s important to give an employee the opportunity to take time off and recharge.
10. Regularly measure overall worker activity and productivity
The best way to increase employee productivity is actually to check up on it. Using all of these tips and then failing to measure your workers’ progress might not work. Everything needs to be tweaked and customized based off of individual people, needs, and problems.