Do you struggle to find ways to motivate employees that doesn’t require a lot of time or money?
“New research confirms what Google already knows—greater employee happiness results in higher productivity without sacrificing quality.” (Futurity) So, here are five super easy ways to motivate employees and make them feel appreciated:
Design an office that boosts productivity.
Your employees will spend a lot of their waking hours in the office so you need to make is as comfortable as possible. Use the walls in a creative and effective manner. Post announcements, community events, or motivational posters.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to add a bit of color to your space. “The colors around us all have an effect on our moods and brain function. It evokes both a physical and emotional response. So choosing the right colors for your work space has the ability to affect your productivity. For instance, blue has been said to illicit productivity.” (Lifehack) Staring at blank walls can be boring, so brighten up the place some.
Spark motivation with training and guest speakers.
Some employees may find that their greatest source of help and guidance comes from within while others need a helping hand. The best way to motivate and encourage employees, especially during tough times, is to bring in fresh perspective and invest in them professionally.
According to Forbes, “research tells us that organizations today suffer from a ‘skills supply chain’ challenge. Not only do more than 70% of organizations cite ‘capability gaps’ as one of their top five challenges, but many companies also tell us that it takes 3-5 years to take a seasoned professional and make them fully productive.”
The right inspiration, motivation and teaching can help employees get focused and back on track. You can invite motivational speakers to come to your office for a seminar or share motivational books and resources you’ve found helpful in your own career.
Recognize employees for their work.
If an employee has gone above and beyond their job or done wonderful work, take the time to recognize them. Nothing motivates people more than recognition.
“While ‘good job!’ and ‘awesome work!’ may sound motivational enough, employees appreciate recognition most when the meat of the compliment is specific to the accomplishment and acknowledges why it was important to the company.” (Forbes)
The benefits of recognition far outweigh the time it takes to do so. “Studies show that employees who are rewarded for going that extra mile are more productive and fulfilled, show greater loyalty and are eager to contribute to the organization in an impactful and meaningful way” (TheNextWeb)
Host social events.
Hosting special social events can really help employees relax, get to know each other, and have some fun. People are more excited to get involved and work together when they feel connected and involved. Along these same lines, don’t underestimate how allowing small breaks throughout the day can make their work time more productive. Also, a simple gesture of catering in some food for seminars and trainings can go a long way too.
Encourage passion pursuits.
Daily motivation is critical to maintaining a profitable business and a pleasant and enjoyable workplace. That source of motivation can even stem from the passions that your employees enjoy (hobbies and activities) outside of the office. Look for ways to integrate their passions and interests into your company culture. The results will keep employees motivated and engaged.
It is a struggle for many employers these days to find ways to keep their employees happy and motivated. There are many options available that can help depending on your unique needs and situation.
These are just a few tips that can help your employees feel more motivated, appreciated, and willing to work harder (and better) for you day in and day out.
This article has been edited and condensed.
John Reiley is a senior business analyst currently residing in NYC. He has been helping business owners plan their strategy for success since 2005.