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Motivate your staff to achieve their best.

motivate your staffFinding employees is one hurdle to running a successful business, but motivating your staff to work to the best of their abilities is an altogether more difficult proposition.

How do you motivate people to come into work for the day and make the most of it?

In this article you are going to learn exactly how you can motivate your staff to do more than you ever would have thought possible (and make them happier, more reliable employees in the process).

You are going to learn three different strategies that will help you motivate your staff to work smarter, harder, and more happily.

Motivate your staff by applauding their effort.

One of the most effective methods of motivating your staff is to applaud them for the effort they make.

Many bosses and managers fall into the trap of assuming that as long as they are being paid, staff will automatically be content.

However, studies have shown that it is just as important for an employee to feel appreciated as it is for them to be paid well.

In fact, you might even notice staff morale improving if you were to congratulate them on their efforts, as opposed to merely trying to placate any problems through wage increases.

It is important to strike a balance between giving sincere thanks and congratulations, and pay increases (both are important, but one cannot work well without the other)

Motivate your staff by offering a career path.

Nobody likes to feel like they are stuck in a dead-end job. If you want to motivate people to work harder and more effectively, then they need to have a career path to follow.

There’s a reason why part-time student workers who stock shelves or flip burgers usually lack motivation; they are only showing up to work in order to make some money, and not to build a viable career.

By offering your employees a potential career path (even if it’s just a few steps up to a managerial role or a senior office member) then you will see motivation increasing by leaps and bounds.

It is basic human nature to seek continual progression – motivating your staff by offering them a shot at career enhancement is a guaranteed way to boost their morale and work ethic.

Provide an interesting work environment.

If your work environment is drab and uninspiring, then it stands to reason that your employees won’t feel very motivated.

50 shades of beige is not the kind of colour scheme that will help a person’s natural motivation to flourish. Instead, you should take inspiration from employers like Google, who provide an exciting environment in which to work (just do a quick image search for Google offices to see what I mean).

You don’t need to ruin your annual budget just to make your office or workshop more exciting for your employees; some more colour, interesting art on the walls, and a potted plant or two will go a long way towards making your employees more motivated.

Another strategy here is to actually ask your employees to describe their ultimate work environment, and then tailor your response to meet those needs.

How do you motivate staff to perform at their peak? There are many different strategies you can follow, including applauding their efforts, offering a valuable career path and providing an interesting work environment that sparks creativity and a passion for effective work.

By motivating your staff to work harder, your company will achieve things you never would have thought possible.

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  • Some of the tips here are good, and is worth taking into consideration of making the environment that works for everyone.

    These days, it’s not so much about the employees at the lower position.It is all about having a GOOD leader to lead the team too.
    It’s about having a good supervisor and manager in your team. They are ALWAYS the major culprit of a company’s down turn. Companies always spent WAY WAY WAY too much on putting serious training on the lower position stuff, BUT they SHOULD also invest in having a great supervisors and managers too. If the head is bias and what not about other stuff, or Favour one stuff to the other…. do you think the ones that are affected will have a good working attitude? Or even motivated to go on working, as they would feel short changed by their immediate “boss/es”.

    Through my own experiences, the immediate supervisors and the managers are always the main problem. They always bring their own unnecessary loads of their own and throw it on to others to take their “shit”. (pardon my language, I guess that’s the very apt word I could think of now. Lol…)

    If everyone is to learn to be responsible of our own things and put it into proper perspective. Imagine what a better work environment we all can be working in?

    All company SHOULD ask themselves this question Over and Over again.
    – Do I have a great supervisor and manager to run my company and all my other team members?
    – If the answer is NO, THEN they SHOULD fire them and hire people who are MOST capable and are interested to be real leaders and help support the company instead.

    Remember this…Not everyone are born leaders.

    It is far most importance to realise that they are the one to jeopardised the company FIRST.
    If you would have seen one of my recent post about this, you will surely understand what I mean.
    I am motivated in my own ways and everyone else is too..
    Also… hiring the right people too plays such a major role in running a great company. Would you agree?
    Thank you. Guess I’ve said too much.

    • hey Symon, some really good thoughts here. I think you make a very valid point about having good managers to manage their staff. When managers are not very good or the wrong person is in the role, things can go very wrong and quickly. You wouldn’t need to ask too many people about how important good managers are everyone sense of belonging and confidence in the company. Thank you so much for your thoughts.