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How to motivate your employees in the workplace

It’s a known fact that an engaged and inspired workforce is much more productive than a demotivated, dispirited group of employees. When your employees feel motivated, appreciated and celebrated – the overall company benefits as the quality of work produced is significantly higher, and they are determined to work even harder as they can see what their contributions mean to the direct success of the company.

It is imperative to motivate your employees on an on-going basis and here are some proven tips you can use;

1. Don’t wait to motivate:

Employees, especially happy and engaged employees are the backbone for creating a successful business. Often companies have a divide between motivated employees and those who are disengaged and just sleepwalking through their work day. This divide can be bridged by encouraging those who are disengaged and making them more enthused.

It is important to recognize what drives employees. Creating an environment where employees feel that their contributions are integral to the overall success of the company can be a challenge but it is worth the effort. The top drivers of employee engagement are relatively straightforward – these can be, a clear vision from senior management, employee welfare and engagement programmes, career development opportunities, autonomy to make decisions and provision of resources to get the job done.

It is very important to set the tone right by projecting a positive attitude about work morale and a cohesive company culture.

2. Give the employees what they want:

It is important to empower each employee. If they want to be more involved in daily tasks, let them be. If they want feedback on their work – give it to them! When your employees feel like their hard work and skills have contributed to the company in a positive way, they are more likely to remain motivated.

A little praise also goes a long way. Reward and recognise the efforts of your employees when appropriate. This praise will encourage them to maintain the good work. Always remember – praise in public, reprimand in private.

A profit and loss statement summarises the revenue and cost incurred by your business over a period of time. It can be updated after a year or a quarter. The statement starts with the revenue and then cuts all the costs that are incurred by your business giving you the profit/loss before and after taxes. Being a small business owner, it is easy to get caught up in managing the day to day activities across different corporate functions and dealing with external stakeholders. In the midst of this it is very important to know the financial health of your business. By checking your profit and loss statements regularly you can account for future cash flows as well as spot possible trouble spots before they become problems.

3. Enhance employee training:

Make your employees the best at what they do and enable them to be top performers. You have invested in them and must continue to invest in their overall professional development. Companies that have well – established programmes in place to train and upgrade the skill set of their employees have a proven track record of business success and profitability.

It’s also advisable to send your employees for workshops and employee well-being programmes. This also demonstrates your commitment towards their overall progress.

When you successfully motivate your employees – success is inevitable!

The contributions made by engaged employees are essential to the success of your business. Likewise, disengaged employees can have an opposite, but equally significant, impact on your company’s performance. That’s why it’s worth the effort to create a work environment that motivates and inspires your employees to do their best. Ultimately, when your employees are engaged, your company’s achievements become their achievements — and success is all but guaranteed.