Now that 2019 is well underway, you may want to start thinking about how you can kick-start your team for the coming year. Here are four tips to help motivate your employees, and ultimately increase productivity.
The consulting firm, Korn Ferry, found that 33% of employed professionals are in search of new challenges and planning on finding a new job in the next year. This isn’t a surprise as boredom and monotony are common driving factors for those seeking new employment. If an employee doesn’t feel challenged or enthused by the work they are doing, they are likely to seek work in another business. However, with a shift in attitude and some new techniques, managers can create a workplace which encourages productivity as well as job satisfaction.
Businesses are becoming increasingly relaxed with their approach to work-place culture with the introduction of things like flexible working hours for example. Employees are more aware of the importance of improving their work-life balance, and often it is the work aspect of this that is changed first. Gone are the days of planning a life around a 9-5 job that you hate. Therefore, retention is more important than ever. Managers must priorities maintaining employee motivation in order to keep productivity levels up.
Here are a four new ways to motivate your employees this year;
1. Lead by example.
In a recent survey, Accounting Principals and Ajilon, found that 33% of employees would leave their job if they were to have a bad boss or manager. The study showed that the relationship between employees and their managers can make or break job satisfaction.
If you want people to work well for you, you must show them exactly what you and the business they’re working for stands for. You must practice what you preach so that your team can follow suit. Predictive Index found 80% of employees consider a good work ethic, transparency and confidence as the most important trait for a good boss.
2. Have a workspace culture make-over.
A negative environment can have a detrimental effect on workers. A survey by the recruitment agency Randstad, found that 58% of employees would leave their current role if there were ever negative office politics. This can impact many different aspects of work culture; the quantities of work employees carry out, their attitude at work and their interactions with their colleagues.
It is the role of a manager to make employees feel safe, cared about and welcome while they are at work. Workers must feel as though their voice is heard and that as a valuable asset to the firm, their opinions matter.
3. Respect employees’ capability.
It is all too common for managers to micromanage their employees. If you want your team to be pro-active and use their initiative you must give them some freedom to do so. A study conducted by Comparably, who compare company cultures, discovered that 40% of employees deemed micromanaging to be the worse trait a manager could have.
Managers need to strive to be an employee’s partner and not their parent. There is no better way to prove to an employee that their capabilities are trusted than to let them manage their own schedule. More businesses are enabling employees to work on their own schedules, from home or at more flexible times rather than the usual 9-5. This allows employees to better balance their work and home lives, ultimately increasing their job satisfaction. Recruitment company, FlexJobs, found in a recent study that 80% of those interviewed would be more loyal to their employers if they offered more flexible work options.
4. Allow employees to have a voice.
Any work place culture should be based on trust and transparency. If employees feel that their opinions don’t matter, they’re going to be under the impressions that their work doesn’t either.
Less than 15% of workers are content with the current levels of employee engagement in their workplace, according to a study conducted by business consultation firm, CBI. In order to battle this, managers need to make sure each employee’s voice is heard. Suggestion boxes or meeting times for discussions can be very useful.
Getting to know your team is really important. If you know your team well you will have a better understanding of how to adapt the workplace culture to optimize their productivity. Lead by example by treating all employees as equal and provide them with the opportunity to prove their own capabilities. Communication is key and by creating an open conversation you will allow for discussions on improvement. This means employees will feel valued whilst you’re able to create an environment that increases their efficiency.
Source: Jared Atchison, November 2018, https://www.business.com/articles/tips-for-motivating-employees/