Employees are assets to an organization. You may set up the best strategies in the world, but if you don’t have the right people to execute those strategies well, you can do less to make your business successful.
Hiring the best talent in the market is one thing, and ensuring they stick around is another. While the money and employment benefits attract a candidate to apply with your company, the feeling of belonging sustains them in your organization.
For years, studies have proved that only highly motivated and engaged employees are most productive. When individuals believe in the organization and feel connected to its core, they don’t hold back and are ready to go the extra mile.
Keeping employees motivated can be pretty daunting for an organization. It requires an employer to understand human psychology and behavior in detail and give each individual the drive to perform to the best of their ability.
Here are a few ways that you as a leader can inspire your employees and create a motivating environment for them:
#1 – By becoming a respectful and honest leader
This may seem like a no-brainer, but providing supportive leadership is one of the key factors contributing to employee motivation. Generally, it is because of bad leaders and bosses; employees run for the hills. All that dominance and criticism just never works. On the contrary, respect, honesty, support, and clear communication keep the employees focused and develop new talent. Thus, be someone who acts as a role model for everyone and earns genuine respect.
#2 – By empowering your employees
Everyone wants to be heard and feel like the company values their effort. So, ensure you give your workforce equal opportunities to express themselves and lead with their ideas and solutions. Empower them to excel in their role, whether big or small. Encourage creativity and teamwork. Celebrate mini-milestones achieved in their day-to-day functions and see how everyone goes on to exceed your expectations.
#3 – By providing personalized feedback
It is great to make your employees feel fulfilled by their work. However, at the same time, you must provide meaningful feedback for the job done. That shows that you are paying attention and have evaluated the advice given by the people around you. Pinpoint exactly how someone’s contribution benefits the company. It will give you enough space to provide negative feedback (if any) without offending or criticizing anyone.
#4 – By recognizing and rewarding employees’ achievements
While dealing with employees, you should know that they are humans and not animals and that using a stick (instead of a carrot) will not get you the desired results from them. If an employee has spent a lot of time working on a project, appreciate their efforts, so they continue working like that. Develop a rewards program for your employees and announce their rewards publicly. Use occasionally to remind them that they are valued and ensure they stay motivated.