Is your organisation a pleasant place to be? Have you thought about your employees’ comfort? Are managers respectful of their team members? Are issues dealt with? Is there a clear path to progressing within your organisation? Is there a healthy work-life balance with opportunities for flexible working? Is communication good? Are there opportunities for self-development? Are goals clear enough? Are there enough opportunities for collaboration with colleagues? Are ideas encouraged?
As you can see there is a lot to consider when thinking about the culture of your organisation and improving it can make your employees happy, motivated and engaged and that can improve your bottom line.
Do your employees believe in their manager?
When your leaders say they are going to deal with a matter – do they follow through? Are they supportive when an employee has an issue? Are they fair and consistent? Do they give regular praise and feedback? How do they treat failure? Do they empower their team members? All of these can contribute to an employee feeling motivated in their role.
Encouragement and support
Choosing the right leaders is key in motivating your team. Coaching managers can help to make improvements in this area of leadership. Encouraging friendly competition can increase productivity as well as giving employees a challenge. Workers are more likely to be creative and take the initiative if they feel their manager has their back. Giving employees meaningful goals can help. Giving rewards and acknowledging employees’ achievements is a good motivator.
Salary and benefits
Recognition at work is important and there are many employees who accept a lower salary in a role because they are happy day-to-day at work and that is sufficient for them. However, paying at least the market rate for a role does show the value you place on that employee and their role with your organisation. A good salary is therefore a form of recognition and an employee earning the fair rate for a role will be more likely to feel more motivated to please their employer and to show them they are worth what is being paid.
Working conditions and culture
Employees now expect much better working conditions than they did in the past. A poor working environment can have an effect on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. The workplace needs to be free of barriers to efficient and easier working. If surroundings, equipment or ergonomics hamper employees’ ability to perform their job effectively then motivation is likely to be poor.
Make a difference
Allowing more opportunities for flexible working can improve employee motivation by contributing to a better work-life balance. Improving the comfort of break areas can help therefore showing that the employer pays attention to the needs of their employees. Even bringing nature into the workplace with a few plants can add to the environment experienced by your workers.
Small changes can make a difference to motivation so I recommend taking the time to consider what you can do to make a positive change.