Why Employee Motivation Is Important (& How to Improve It)
Employee motivation is a critical aspect at the workplace which leads to the performance of the department and even the company.
Motivating your employees needs to be a regular routine.
WHAT’S THE DRIVE
What is it that drives employee motivation? More specifically, what is it that causes an employee to WANT to do his or her job? After all, the answer to these important questions are the key to the motivation of employees and employer happiness. And, even more important than knowing what it is that motivates an employee is whether or not this motivation is something that will cause an employee to go through the motions of doing the job or instill actual desire for a job well done in the employee’s mind.
The answers to these questions and more are what should always be on every employer’s mind if they are to create effective, productive workforces. A lack of motivation is a true killer, as anyone certainly knows.
WHAT ARE THE PROBLEM AREAS :
- Lack of attention
- Lack of appreciation
- Lack of Career growth
- Lack of Recognition – Person not recognised by Organisation, Boss, Team
- Less productivity
- Lack of contribution
SHOW ME THE MONEY OR NOT
Many companies use money as incentive for motivation. Is this wrong? Not necessarily. Big pay raises and bonuses are always something that a person can use and these are things that will certainly never be turned down. Cash is a motivator that will always be popular. And, if possible, money is always a good choice to use for employee motivation because who doesn’t like money?
But, money should not be the ONLY tool used from the toolbox of motivation. There are many other choices for motivational increase. In fact, many employees who claim money is the only thing that will drive their motivation higher do so because there is a lack of any other form of compensation. That means there isn’t anything else the employee is receiving that even remotely resembles compensation to increase motivation.
Employee contribution is something that can increase employee motivation. If an employee is regularly able to contribute thoughts, ideas, and suggestions to problems at hand or regular work activities, that is a feeling of accomplishment which goes a long way. It makes an employee feel as though he or she is important and, hence, their motivation is elevated.
Recognition is another form of motivation.
If an employee feels he or she has the respect of his or her peers and colleagues, this is another motivation booster.
Keeping an employee in the loop is something else that is important to motivation. Keep information flowing to each employee; let them know what the company is doing and the direction it is taking.
Create a fun and stimulating work place. Let everyone address each other on a first name basis or have a casual dress day Encourage employees to create a work environment that is as comfortable as possible.Communicate with your employee. Find out what interests them and what doesn’t. Speaking with an employee frequently shows that you care about them in more ways than simply wanting them to keep up with productivity. This will increase an employee’s motivation as well.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
Keep these points in mind and motivation will have a chance to soar:
- Employee contribution is important
- Recognition from an employer is a must
- Always respect of peers and colleagues
- Keep your employees informed
- Stay flexible and make sure the employee can avoid as much red tape as possible
- Constant check-in with higher-ups only leads to micro managing and lack of motivation
- Make sure an employee has sufficient resources available to do their job
- Create a fun and stimulating work environment
- Make sure you communicate
Keeping these methods of compensation in mind is what it takes to understand what it is that drives your employee to want to do a better job. They must WANT to do a better job or the work they do will never be as excellent as it could be. If you are ever in doubt as to what it is that drives your employee, simply ask, either in a group meeting or one-on-one. In fact, asking an employee what it is that motivates him or her is a good idea right from the start. Then, you can always be sure of what to provide.
All in all, make sure that money isn’t the only thing you can offer an employee to increase his or her motivation.
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.”
I am glad to share that we are following the above aspects to keep our employees motivated at workplace and providing them the positive work culture with “Open – Door” policy and an approachable management team.
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