How To Motivate Your Employees
How To Motivate Your Employees
If you are reading this, you may be feeling like your employees are lacking motivations. If that is the case, you are probably wondering what it is that you do to increase their morale. Fortunately, you are not the only one going through this situation, and fortunately there are solutions.
In this article we go through ways that will help you increase motivation beginning with job design and ending with empowerment.
Designing a Motivating Job
There is nothing worse than working at a job that you hate. Sometimes you love the work that you do, but you hate the job itself. As a the owner of the business, you want to make sure that your employees do not feel that way about the jobs they have within your company. So, you want to design or redesign jobs in a way that would prevent your employees from facing that problem.
In order to do that, there are three elements that you should consider. These are job enlargement, job enrichment, and job rotation.
- Job enlargement is basically a way of increasing the scope of the job by adding diverse tasks to the employee. It may seem counterintuitive that a motivating job would require additional tasks to be added, but additional tasks can enhance the skills of the employee and allows them to gain new skills. Now let’s be clear, this doesn’t mean overworking the employee, but rather adding more diversity into their work life so that they can constantly benefit from being a part of your company.
- Job enrichment is achieved when employees are given more autonomy in performing their duties. This doesn’t mean that you do not provide support for new employees or just throw them in there because it is enriching. I don’t know about you, but that to me doesn’t sound enriching; it sounds exhausting. However, with a competent and trained employee, it is enriching to increase the independence and responsibilities of that person. By doing so, you increase job satisfaction for the employee, and decrease turnover rates.
- job rotation is the last of our trio. As the name suggests it is rotating the employees between different jobs within the company so that they are provided with exposure to different elements of the company’s operation. Doing so decreases boredom and offers the employees new skill sets to explore.
Once you have a great job design, it is time to work on the scheduling!
Flexible scheduling is a great incentive and a great motivator for employees. It allows them to work without disregarding their other personal responsibilities. COVID-19’s change of schedule highlighted some of the benefits of working from home, an option that the majority of employees didn’t think was possible.
It may be true that the pandemic is temporal, but odds are work life will never be as it was before the pandemic. With that in mind, think of the ways you can cater to your employees because they are the associates that will help you maintain and expand your business.
Speaking of catering employee needs, employee empowerment is essential to doing so. This could be done in a variety of ways, one of which is recognition. We all like a pat on the back every once in a while, not because we need it to keep going, but it feels good to feel appreciated. It feels empowering to know that all these hours of hard work are not going in vain.
Recognition could be both formal and informal. If you are looking to motivate your employees through formal recognition you might want to try awards that celebrate certain accomplishments or milestones. For example it could be an award celebrating an employee who has been with the company for 5 or 10 years.Informal recognition could be simple “well-done” or an appreciation email.
It is important that your employees feel empowered not only through recognition, but also through responsibilities and decision making. Allowing the employee to feel like you trust them to handle the tasks they are given will encourage the employee to keep going. This again doesn’t mean you throw the employee under the bus, but rather assuring that person that you are available if and when they need help while maintaining your trust in that person.
The last thing to consider when trying to keep your employees motivated is incentives. What are the benefits of working for your company? You need to give your employees a reason to keep going forward. The most prominent type of incentive is financial incentive. These include things like commission, profit sharing, stocks, and bonuses.
Of course this is all in addition to the salary or wages that the employee is receiving.
Another incentive that companies sometimes offer is educational.These could be in the form of formal academic education or it could be training and certification that employees can earn that would enhance their skill levels. Because employees are acquiring new skills, they would feel better about themselves and their value in the company.