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  • Michelle Shimmin

Motivation and it's Role in the Workplace: Part #3

#3 How to Increase Employee Motivation

  • Communication The easiest way to increase employee motivation is by having positive communication at the workplace. Not relying only on emails but by making sure they talk to their employees in person and even on a personal level, if possible. Try setting aside some time each day to talk with employees or you can join them during coffee breaks instead of sitting at your desk. By doing so, you actually make employees feel as though you are part of the team; a leader instead of just the boss. Employees also want to see the company that they are working for succeed. Many have excellent ideas, ranging from money saving to operational improvements. Management must make an effort to take some time to ask and listen to suggestions. Nothing is more worthwhile than feeling valued.

  • Value Individual Contributions Management should ensure their employees on how their individual efforts and contribution plays an important part of the company’s overall goals and direction. Employees will take pride and be engaged in their work if they are aware how their efforts create an impact the organization; regardless of how big or small their contributions are. Management does not have to reward their employees with gifts every single time they did a good job at a task. At times, a simple “Thank You” or “Great job” will suffice. These meaningful words acknowledge effort, build loyalty and encourage people to work even harder.

  • Positive Workplace Environment Sometimes, the employees lack motivation because their workplace does not have a positive work environment. To fix this, management could sent out surveys and get feedback from employees in order to solve the issues that they may face. Management could also post a positive quote or picture by the copier, coffee machine or somewhere else that is visible and that receives high foot traffic so that others can see. Flora and fauna also helps create a serene workplace environment for your employees, so why not add a couple of plants around the office. Management could also find creative ways in which to consistently keep their employees motivated as much as possible.

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