motivate staff

4 Ways To Keep Your Staff Happy

Most people think of money as the key motivator for a happy work force, whilst it can certainly be important, it’s not the only thing you should be thinking of……

Motive Staff In Your Business!

1.)  Money motivates staff.

It is important so let’s start with this.  The majority of workers aren’t motivated by money alone.  Whilst it is certainly the reason a lot of people go to work, how businesses structure employee payments is crucial to employee happiness.

Bonus and company profit related incentives can help focus employee’s attention on the bigger picture, but individual bonus, incentives and payments work better.

Most employees respond to individual targets to fit in with their career goals and objectives, as well as company ones.  A payment linked to employee qualification or personal development can benefit the employer as they are developing in-house, better skilled employees.

The employee also feels valued because the employer is recognising their personal development and rewarding them for it.  Result?  Happy employee & happy employer with a more highly skilled worker.

2.) Recognition.

employee recognitionDo you know how far a simple ‘thankyou’ goes?  Think of the outbound telesales employee, faced with more rejection calls than successful calls or a customer complaints advisor dealing with irate or frustrated customers day in day out.

A recognition program in multiple formats is very important to these types of employees.  A newsletter distributed company wide with a ‘thankyou’ section highlighting any employee achievement inside or outside of the business enhances employee morale.

Team meetings take place in virtually every organisation on a monthly, weekly or daily basis.  Team bosses can use this forum in order to thank or recognise individual performances.

Recognition in front of employee peers can go a long way to boost morale and motivate your staff.

3.) Benefits.

No necessarily benefits linked to pay structure such as healthcare and pension, as these benefits probably fall under point 1 above.  More benefits to the individual.

Find out what your employee does in their spare time, what interests them.  An engaging employee can provide charity support for local events such as sports teams or social clubs the employee is actively engaged in outside of the work place.  community

The employer benefits as they can use the sponsorship of a charity or community event as a networking event, maybe a new sports kit gets a mention in the local newspaper with a photo of your logo on the new shirts, or a discount scheme specific to the employees community group doubles as both new sales for the business but also has the bonus that the employee feels they are bringing something of value to their social group which will make them look good, again increasing morale and happiness.

The key to working within an employers community is that the more a company shows interest in an employees ‘outside work’ life, the more an employee will do for the company.

It’s reciprocal.  Businesses and employees clearly benefit.  It is cost-effective to, the employer can fund some t-shirts, banners or subsidise an event for a few hundred pounds.  New business from the event should cover these costs.  Increased exposure, sales, morale and happiness at next to no cost!

4.) Engagement.

Provide your employees with challenging work that focuses on their interests.  It’s a bit harder to get this right as at the end of the day a job still needs to be done, but can the work be rotated so one person isn’t doing exactly the same task day in day out?

A car production facility often rotates the work force within a specific area so that somebody who puts the steering wheel on the cars on a Monday, puts the radio in on a Tuesday etc.

It’s harder to get this right because it’s important to keep the quality and consistency of the product or service at the required company standard.

Rotating jobs within a department, not so much on a daily basis, maybe quarterly can benefit employers again through increased skills in the department but also through flexibility for when staff absence requires employees to cover each others work loads.

The employee benefit is that they don’t get bored so often and are learning new skills and developing experiences outside of their core job, hopefully increasing employee happiness and increased motivation