Motivating Employees Requires Clear Communication
What you may not know, though, is how to go about boosting employee engagement so that the people you manage feel invested in their work and are empowered to not only meet but exceed expectations.
Below, we offer tips for managers to keep employees motivated and working toward your organisation’s shared strategic goals.
In their Employee Engagement Research Update, BlessingWhite Research asked respondents to identify the item which “would most improve their performance.” Twenty percent of all respondents—including almost a third of disengaged workers—cited “greater clarity about what the organisation needs me to do and why” as their top answer.
This data illustrates why goal-setting is a critical process that should involve your employees every step of the way, and not just amongst management in a vacuum.
Give recognition and status to a job well done
When it comes to motivating your employees, a simple positive comment or praise to employees can really help to boost moral and loyalty.
The psychology involved is very clear: Positive feedback helps your staff and employees feel valued in their roles and gives them purpose. When someone feels more valued, they perform better and are more motivated with the task and organisation in mind. Research also suggests they are less likely to quit or leave their role.
Allow your employees to demonstrate a healthy level of autonomy.
Many employees experience higher employee satisfaction if they have higher levels of autonomy in their role. This increase of flexibility such as being able to work wherever they please such as at home vs the office shows increased productivity in many people. This could be due to increased time if they save a commute, being more comfortable or being less distracted.
This is not the case with all employees as some will crave team work and enjoy being in the office, but the option of flexibility makes the employee feel more responsible towards their organisation.
You could also use this as a motivator if they hit their goals. So if employee x hits this target, they are able to choose to work from home at some point in the week.
Include your employees in goal setting
If an employee is involved in setting their own goals they will be far more likely to understand and take ownership of them rather than just being told what to do. This mutual process will help the management and employees to come to an agreement so that both goals are aligned with the company and employee.
When employees understand the goals of the business, it’s easier for them to recognise how their tasks and work can impact the businesses goals.
Facilitate great working relationships.
Respect is a powerful motivator in relationships between employee and business. Employees that feel respected are far more likely to carry out tasks with better productivity and loyalty.
When an employee feels that they are not respected, then this will carry out in their work. One way to improve this is to have excellent communication in the organisation and encourage employees to speak up and offer suggestions without the fear of being punished.
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