Improve Workplace Productivity: 8 Ways to Motivate Employees

Employees who are motivated to perform well at work will lead to higher workplace efficiency. Some employees may be naturally motivated by their intrinsic desires to do well at everything they do, for others as a manager or boss, you will need to work on your leadership style in order to get the best out of everyone. The following 8 tips will prove useful in doing so.

1) Always Listen

Have genuine respect for each and every member of your team as a rounded individual. It is important to recognise that work is only a percentage of each person’s life, this percentage will vary from employee to employee. They have a family and a life outside of work too. As a manager you have to recognise that not everybody is willing to openly share details of their personal life all the time, but remember to communicate as well as you can, depending on the individual.

2) Understand Everyone Needs a Path to Significance

Again, this will vary from person to person but it acts as a motivator when employees know that their manager recognises their individual wants from their career. Some may be aiming for management or leadership themselves, others just want to be recognised for the contribution that they make. Take initiative and help path the way for them to get where they want to be.

3) Celebrate Everyone’s Wins:

We all feel more motivated when we are celebrated, due to empowerment. If someone’s win is celebrated, they will gain confidence and feel appreciated which is a good feeling. Once this feeling is experienced, employees will look to achieve the same success over and over again, thus boosting the amount of effort they are willing to put into their job.

4) Create Trust From Day 1

Even the most junior members of a team, have to trust that the business you are in is real, for the long term and non arbitrary. Your business isn’t just a phase, it’s your real life. Encourage sharing and team work and recognise all work that is done. This will drive day to day performance.

5) Let your Employees in on Client’s Successes

You work as a team and often you are working for another team, in another business. Tell your employees about the tangible results that your work has warranted your clients. They will feel good about participating and confident in their skills.

6) Empathy

This word occurs in all leadership development training seminars and courses. Treat your employees how you would like to be treated. If you are engaged and empathetic this will go a long way in assembling a cohesive team. Recognise the smallest of actions in your employees, don’t wait until a major accomplishment is achieved. The chances are that if you engaged and encourage every step of the way, accomplishments will be fulfilled much quicker.

7) Create Culture and Trust

Make your company mission-driven by establishing a common set of values. Values will foster a shared culture, but make clear these are values to uphold, not rules to follow. The common set of values will be motivating to employees because they will (if they didn’t already) start to see their work as more than just simple financial metrics and a place where they get paid. Being bound by a common higher purpose is motivating no matter how high up the workplace hierarchy you are.

8) Lead by Example

Set a good example. Don’t just be an elusive figure in the distance. Encourage creativity and innovation and make this at the heart of everything that you do. Be a consistent source of support and inspiration through good and bad.

You can use a team coherence coaching tool such as Everything DiSC to help you to understand the needs of each of your workers as individuals.