Now that you have hired the best employees, it is time to make them happy. Over the next few months, they will watch their new employer, and if things don’t go well for them, they might even leave you. Please note that paying a good salary isn’t everything. A study found out that money contributes to just 4% of employee satisfaction. People are more likely to feel happy with peer motivation and encouragement.
So what are the top ways of motivating and cheering up your workers? Please read this article.
1. Make your workplace happy and pleasant
If your company is more than 100 years old, there is no need to keep history around. There is no need to stick to dot matrix printers, big ceiling fans and the like. Make your office modern and pleasant. Use bright colors, for example.
Deploy modern technology. A May 2018 survey discovered that the Australian Government was ranked 11th in the list of employee-friendly organizations. This is surprising given that government offices are supposed to be gloomy places.
2. Being respectful, supportive and honest
Your employees will stick around if you are fair and transparent in your dealings. Nobody wants a manager who does not support his subordinates. Be honest with your employees, give them support and candid feedback and look at the results. Look at this article to understand how Amazon retains its partners. Closer home in Australia, there are some organizations like GRS who give valued advice on employee motivation, you may consider speaking to them.
3. Employee rewards
People will stick around you longer if you reward them monetarily regularly. Identify your performers and give them money and other rewards every quarter or six months. While money isn’t everything, it is indeed essential for leading a comfortable life. How does Telstra reward its star performers?
4. Growth and Development
While money is essential, what about growth in the company? Don’t you realize that while your company is bursting at the seams, your employees too would like to grow and develop? Give them more opportunities and responsibilities and watch them deliver better results.
5. Flexible scheduling
This is the day and age of technology, and much work gets done through phones and computers. You don’t need to come to the office every day just for the heck of it. You may consider allowing your employees to work from home on some days in a week. Or you may enable them to arrive late or go early. According to a Forbes study, 46% of all employees want flexi-hours.
6. Offering food
Another way to motivate your employees is by providing free food or food coupons to them. In some cities in Australia, buying food can be extremely costly, so offering free or discounted food coupons can be a great idea. Another way you can be having food stalls near your office so that your workers don’t have to waste time going there and eating.
How often have you recognized your employees who went out of their way to motivate a fellow worker? In any organization, there are a few workers who go beyond their call of duty. These men and women deliver exceptional value to the organization. This value may not be in terms of sales or profits but team-building, motivation, and loyalty. Identify these employees and recognize them-publicly.
8. Asking them what they want
Once a month, consider sitting with your workers and asking what they wish to actually. Don’t guess their motivations and desires, but be upfront with them.
9. Remember their birthdays
Keep a calendar and jot down the birthdays of all your employees. Wish them on those days; it will please them.
10. Learning Organization
Teach your employees some life skills. They will thank you for that.