Motivating Employees at Work Is Easier Than You Think!

Jun 14, 2022
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The pandemic had an unprecedented effect on employee relations affecting how they viewed themselves and their employers. The "great resignation" followed, where almost 4.3 million people quit their jobs, devastating many businesses and creating a paradox among employers who needed employees to scale their business but couldn't afford to hire them due to a slowing economy.

Many had to grapple with - how to increase employee retention when raising salaries was unattainable?

If you find yourself in a similar situation, there are ways you can help boost morale and motivate your employees without increasing wages. What, you ask? Yes, it is possible! Implementing these highly effective changes will create a positive work environment that increases productivity and contentment.

Foster Open Discourse

Communication is key to employee happiness and shows them you are happy to have them on the team. When your employees feel comfortable coming to you with their concerns or suggestions, they feel valued, which drives motivation. You can start by making it clear you value their thoughts and opinions and have an open-door policy they're encouraged to utilize. Opening the lines of communication shows your employees that their input matters to you and they are a valued part of the company. Taking it a step further and following up with them when they come to you shows that you're invested in them as a person, which makes them more likely to approach you in the future.


Remember the Golden Rule

The golden rule states that you should treat others as you'd like to be treated, and it goes a long way in motivating your employees. There's nothing worse than having a boss who treats you poorly; it affects your emotions and impacts your mental health. Avoid creating a toxic work environment and treat your employees with dignity and respect. Keeping a positive attitude and showing your passion for your business is contagious and will encourage them to feel (and act) the same way. Be understanding when they make mistakes and show them you care about them as individuals, not only as employees.


Create an Incentivized Workplace

Fostering friendly competition makes the workplace fun and motivates employees to work harder. If you see someone going above and beyond, tell them how great they're doing and how much you appreciate their hard work. Provide employee recognition rewards for reaching specific goals or have an end-of-the-week VIP; small incentives go a long way to job satisfaction.


A Simple "Thank You"

Don't underestimate the power of appreciation and saying a simple "thank you" for a job well done. Saying thank you isn't only polite, but it makes your employees feel like equals. Everyone wants to feel appreciated for their efforts and receive the acknowledgment that what they do matters.


Create A Peaceful Workplace

A peaceful workplace full of camaraderie is priceless and makes the job fun. Since you spend at least forty hours a week together, liking the people you work alongside is crucial, so make sure there is no drama or discontent that could drive employees away.

What it all boils down to...

Motivating your employees doesn't have to be complicated or costly. Making these small changes can help ensure they are happy and excited to come to work each day.

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