As much as we like to think that employees are intrinsically motivated to bounce out of bed every morning, come to work, and give their best effort each day, this isn’t always the case.
Statistics show that “60% of [Canadian] employees are not engaged at work,” which can negatively impact productivity, morale and, ultimately, your bottom line. Sometimes, staff need someone – or something – to inspire and empower their performance.
So, what factors truly make a difference when it comes to boosting energy, commitment, and creativity at work? Here are five ways you can motivate your people.
1. Hire Self-Motivated Employees
This may seem obvious, but the best way to motivate your employees is to hire motivated people. We all have off days, but if you’re dealing with someone who is indifferent towards their job, the team, or the company, their poor posture is going to permeate throughout the workplace. Remember, attitudes are contagious. Hiring the right people, with the right attitudes worth catching, will create a motivating culture that makes everyone care just a little bit more.
2. Help People Realize Purpose and Meaning in Their Work
No matter the role, employees want to know that their work matters. From the interns to the senior leaders, make sure that every level of your organization understands how they play a role in fulfilling the company’s mission and success.
3. Give Them Room to Grow
No one wants to feel stagnant or pigeonholed at work. Support your employees in reaching their aspirations by providing growth opportunities. Growth can come in many forms, whether it be financial growth, career growth, professional growth, or personal growth. Show your employees that you are committed to their progress and wellbeing as much as they are committed to the success of the organization.
4. Celebrate Progress
People are encouraged when they see that they’re gaining momentum and making meaningful progress towards a goal. When you set, achieve and celebrate milestones with your team, you’ll boost morale while creating more focus and productivity. Make a habit of recognizing your team’s wins publicly, no matter how small.
5. Ask Them What They Want
Different people have different motivators. As a leader, it’s essential to learn what drives your people, why they took the job in the first place, and what they value. Go beyond performance appraisals. You must regularly show a vested interest in your employees. Talk to them, see how they feel, how they’re getting along with their managers, what they love about the job, and what’s driving them crazy. Taking the time to check-in and listen to their needs will build trust and increase satisfaction, all while inspiring great work.
Whether you’re struggling to manage a demotivated employee, department, or team, Cenera’s Executive Coaches will work one-on-one with your leaders to inspire and motivate every level of your organization.
Contact us today to book your free consultation!