Most companies have some idea of how to motivate their employees, however many ignore the emotional and developmental needs of their staff.
In this blog post, we highlight five key areas that you can use to make your team more motivated and happy in the workplace.
Frederick Herzberg, famous for the Motivator-Hygiene theory, states that job enrichment is vital for intrinsic staff motivation, arguing that:
Recognition is widely agreed to be one of the biggest motivators of employees, with multiple research into the subject pointing towards its positive impact on motivation.
As Fiona Thomas, Director of Education at Net Languages, argues,
“If the person who is directly responsible for us does not seem to notice or care when we perform outstandingly, we understandably feel unappreciated. This in turn can affect our work performance to the detriment of the organisation we work for.
“Recognition from colleagues or those higher up the ladder can also be very effective at motivating us. This, I believe, tends to happen most in a climate where there is a general sense of well-being and appreciation within an organisation. People who work in an environment where recognition is part of the institutional culture are much more likely to reciprocate in kind.”
3. Provide an inspiring office environment
Want to increase motivation with a few simple licks of paint, better lighting or temperature? Here’s the lowdown on the impact of office environment, according to the stats and information cited on DeskTime.com:
Involving employees in brainstorming and company decisions shows them that you trust them, value their input and want to establish a culture whereby your staff can make a real difference to the future of the business.
Feeling valued is an incredibly motivating factor and will empower your staff to create ideas for the benefit of the business, not just in brainstorming meetings, but all year round.
Reward doesn’t always have to mean money and even rewards that may not seem like grand gestures can have a big impact on employee motivation. You may want to consider some of the following: