You can't just manage employees, you have to motivate them. As an employer, you can provide your employees with a safe working environment, vacation days and yearly raises, but you can't give your employees a sense of job satisfaction.
Job satisfaction is based on how an individual feels about his job security, job significance, pay and other personal requirements. Motivation on the other hand, can help you encourage your employees to produce quality work despite their personal feelings toward the job.
An inexpensive but highly effective technique for motivating staff is holding group meetings. Group meetings are scheduled, 30-minute sessions when a number of employees are gathered together to discuss how things are going. Each meeting is headed by a supervisor who actively listens to the concerns that each group shares.
Essentially, these are just allotted times where employees are given the opportunity to openly comment on what's right or wrong about the company. Strategically, it's motivation through care.
Adding amenities to the work place is a motivational tool that can affect several employees with a single investment. Perhaps you would like to have a more contemporary designed break-room; instead of just adding a new fish tank, artwork and television, send out an email announcing the company's desire to make the establishment more appealing. Get the employees involved by holding a competition in which the winning team is allowed to choose the fish or select the colors of the new renovation from a provided list. You can use this tool as many times as desired for various workplace upgrades.
The time that you pay your employees to be present and working is the time that can be used as a motivational tool. Most working Americans would enjoy the opportunity to do more things with their time that catered specifically to their personal desires. By offering various allotments of time away from work with pay, you can inspire your staff to complete more tasks quicker. For example, as a reward for the employee who is able to turn in a certain amount of completed customer applications before noon, he could earn 15 minutes to leave work early with pay.
Vary the time increments to include longer lunches, half days of work off with pay and coming in to work later with pay to keep the staff interested in earning the reward.
Personal recognition received from a company executive or person of upper management is a lasting motivational technique. Personal recognition is not the email from the desk of, expressing thanks for a job well done. It's the company sponsored cookout where the supervisors serve those select employees who have been diligent and successful at their work duties.
Or the gift card that's hand delivered in a personal card from an otherwise busy executive.
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