It may surprise you but only around one third of employees say they feel motivated and engaged at work. Employee motivation includes the level of commitment, energy and creativity an employee can bring to an organisation. Do you think those could be improved in your business?
Working to increase motivation can lead to increased productivity. Coaching managers can help to achieve this by teaching them to provide clear goals and objectives to help team members achieve their career goals. They can be coached to recognise achievements, to provide guidance on giving feedback and creating a positive and supportive environment. All of these skills may not come naturally but managers can be guided, the result being a more engaged team.
Positivity, enthusiasm and taking the time to build a good relationship with the team can also go a long way.
Everyone is different
All employees are different, some may be motivated by a salary increase, a bonus or a new benefit. Some may just want to please and receive praise or they may want to achieve a professional goal. A good manager will work to create an environment that inspires their team to take the steps to achieve their goals.
Good two-way communication is part of the key to building a strong well-motivated team.
Investing time in employees
Investing time in getting to know your team can help you to see what makes an employee tick. If you don’t know what an employee responds well to in the workplace it may be hard to engage them in the workplace, resulting in lack of motivation.
Employees may respond well to working in a cohesive team so a drink after work or a lunch out for special birthdays could be a motivator. Making it fun can be a motivator.
Taking time to listen to employees will go a long way to improving engagement.
Trust and recognition
Creating a supportive team environment can create trust on the part of employees. If an employee knows that their manager has their back, they will be more likely to want to produce good quality work for them and to push the boundaries to achieve higher goals. Managers can be much more appreciated by their workers if they recognise a good job done. Sometimes this can be a simple, “thank you” or “well done”.
Empowering your team can help to achieve a trust between manager and employee.
Encouraging employees to work towards career progression can also motivate. If an employee has a clear goal in mind and a pathway to get there, that can be very motivating. A supportive environment can help the employee to feel that they can achieve their goal. Managers can be coached on how to nurture their supportive skills. If a manager encourages a level of competitiveness this can also be motivating for some.
Environment and culture
Creating the type of culture that attracts employees can also help engage existing employees. Trust is a key element as well as honesty and transparency. Fostering employee creativity, productivity and job satisfaction can improve your bottom line.
Thinking about your employee’s experience of working for you, putting yourself in their shoes can help guide you to improve the working environment they work in.
Contact Liz Jewer on 07803 007591 if you need to coach your managers to improve engagement and motivation within your organisation.