Driving Motivation in the Workplace

March 10, 2020

As the race to recruit and retain employees becomes more difficult in this tight labor market, there has been a significant focus on the compensation and benefits an organization can provide to its prospective and current employees. As important as compensation and benefits are, we know they are not the only things that matter when it comes to driving motivation in the workplace.

Driving motivation in the workplace must be intentional and purposeful. High internal motivation is the key to unlocking satisfaction, commitment, and performance. After all, low morale can lead to poor staff cooperation, low productivity and a higher turnover rate – which all ultimately can prevent a business from reaching its goals.

Here are a few tips to help your employees get the motivation they need to enjoy spending their days at work:

1. Create a meaningful company culture

To some, company culture has become a buzzword in recent years. In fact, most people associate a great culture with trendy perks like ping-pong tables or free snacks. Obviously, these perks are nice, but a company’s culture is about who the company is at the deepest level. Focus on aspects like communication, teamwork, goals, leadership, and purpose. It may be helpful to start by creating a vision or mission statement.

2. Employee recognition is key

Engaged employees are a boost to any business’s goal. Most office environments have an uninviting atmosphere and don’t encourage genuine excitement. Ask your staff to nominate and vote for employees of the month to be announced and recognized at monthly meetings. Try calling an employee to your office to thank them. They will be especially surprised and pleased to receive your gratitude since most employees assume something is wrong when called into a supervisor’s office.

3. Provide training and development

Upskilling is a crucial tool that more of today’s organizations must consider as a way to boost motivation. Employees who have training and development opportunities are happier in their roles and have a brighter outlook on their future with the company. In fact, reskilling your workforce helps them see the path to career advancement in front of them, and gets them excited about what could be next.

4. Create a clear career path

Set clear expectations of your employees. When their next goal is visible and has a clearly outlined path to achieving it, employees are more likely to work hard and have more satisfaction in their job.

5. Say thank you

This one’s the easiest. When you say it, be specific and genuinely mean it. Appreciation goes a long way and always increases morale. Or, if you’re feeling extra generous, an influential method for recognizing your employees’ efforts: personal letters.