Someone asked me on Quora.com recently how large my staff is.
As a blogger, I initially found the question unusual.
After all, aren’t bloggers solopreneurs?
Then, I realized I do have staff.
I have a virtual assistant, a technical helper, and a business manager. I also have a graphic designer but we exchange service for service.
Guest author Robert Keith tells you how to keep your staff motivated.
6 Tips for Keeping Motivation in the Workplace Strong
Often times when an employee begins a new job, they start out with incredible fire to achieve. However, this fire usually burns out after a week or two when the routine begins to settle in.
Routines are good, healthy ways for humans to learn streamlining techniques which help them do their jobs. However, unaltering routines have a tendency to make people lethargic and lazy. Why? Chances are they’re bored!
Work isn’t meant to be fun and games, but it surely isn’t supposed to be drudgery! Implementing some fun into your employee’s lives can be as simple as making a few tweaks to your morale plan—and this will certainly improve your company culture as well as your team’s productivity.
Tip #1: Revamp Your Onboarding Techniques
An employee that is engaged in the job is a happy, productive employee. Whether you are an Agricultural Recruitment Agency or a Fortune 500 company, one of the key ways to engage an employee is right from the beginning of the onboarding process.
If an employee sees that their boss takes their job seriously, they will take their job seriously too. Therefore, by engaging the employee through an interactive onboarding process, you show them that you care about how well they perform.
Ways to revamp your onboarding process vary. However, the most popular are implementing gamification personality tests into the application process, pre-hiring admission into brainstorming meetings and virtual reality training sessions.
Tip #2: Listen
Employees like to feel heard by their employers. Whether at a brainstorming meeting or through one on one communication, employees want their ideas to be implemented into the business’ model. By providing employees an opportunity to be heard by their bosses, you show them that you care about their opinions and their experience with your company. By implementing some of their ideas, you show them in a tangible way that their contributions matter.
For example, if the Aproplan Construction Company needed to collaborate on construction marketing ideas, but they didn’t have strong communication skills, motivation in the workplace would be at a minimum.
You can provide weekly forums, polls, or even have an open floor session where employees come to vent their frustrations. However, in doing the latter, you need to set some ground rules.
- Every frustration has 30 seconds to be aired.
- Every frustration must be met with a countermeasure—a reasonable explanation.
- Every frustration must then be worked on by the entire room to come up with a reasonable solution—whether it’s a new mindset or a new system.
This will help to bring employees to a safe resolution of their issues and foster an atmosphere of teamwork and problem-solving.
Tip #3: Foster Teamwork
Teamwork is absolutely paramount for the success of any business. Whether you are a team of two or twenty thousand, you need to have a sense of unity if you are going to achieve your goals.
A great way to foster teamwork is to start implementing cross-department projects. While you want your experts working in their field, by having the creative teamwork in tandem with the IT department, you can show them that each of their jobs is an intricate cog in getting the work done. This will also create an atmosphere of inspiration. As the human brain works on functions it is not used to, it will be challenged to adapt. So, if your creative team is developing a marketing campaign with the help of the IT guys, they will begin to think up new ways to market to the tech-savvy audience simply by listening to the talk of the IT department.
Tip #4: Offer Opportunities For Advancement
Everyone likes to proceed and a good employee is willing to work to make headway in his or her career. However, employees who feel like they cannot move on often times work at the level they know they are going to stay at. This makes them complacent and oftentimes lax on every project they encounter. They may still enjoy their job, but they have nothing pushing them towards a higher goal.
In this scenario, offering them more money just won’t cut it. Chances are, you’ll give them more money and be getting the same—or only slightly better—quality of work.
However, by offering more responsibility—whether they have a team to manage, a new host of projects, or a whole new set of responsibilities—you show them that you value the work they do and they will be more likely to rise to an occasion.
Tip #5: Offer Team-based Incentives
Team-based incentives are similar to offering departments new positions. The differences for these team-based incentives are these: they are specifically designed to forge relationships and healthy competition among your team members.
For example, several companies are now putting their employees in a position where they are all working together to lose weight through a corporate weight loss app. This application is synced up to the company profile and allows each member to compete for who is running the most miles, taking the most steps, or what have you. Then, companies are rewarding different goals on a weekly basis with a movie ticket, gift cards, or free gym memberships.
These sort of incentives allow your team to work together, or separately, to receive a small compensation for something non-work related. This encourages team bonding which will lead to greater team relationships.
Tip #6: Provide In-Office Ways to Relax
While this one may seem counterintuitive, offices which offer their employees a chance to relax have seen much higher productivity rates to those that do not. Why?
Think about the concept of a recess.
As a child, recess is put in the middle of the school day allowing students to run off steam so they can go back into the classroom for another 2-3 hours of classes.
Modern-day employees are expected to work 8 hours days with only a small lunch break in between. Most employees conduct business on these lunch “breaks” as well. So by the time they get back from their lunch, they hit the 1pm fog simply because they have been working 5 hours straight with no stop.
To combat this afternoon fatigue, many offices are now providing 30-minute nap stations. These stations are designed to allow employees a chance to nap off this fog so they can go back to their workstation refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of their projects.
Other offices offer game rooms or gyms for those employees who are not tired but just need to blow off some steam.
The use of these rooms can be regulated by a card check in and check out system. However, allotting employees 45 minutes of rest during the workday—whether it is consecutive or cumulative—will drastically improve your team’s overall productivity.
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