As a manager, you probably faced (or asked yourself) one of these questions:
- Are you finding your employees dissatisfied with their jobs?
- Do you think their interest levels are going down?
- Do you feel that they are carrying out their roles and responsibilities half-heartedly?
If you are, then you need to take corrective actions before it’s too late.
Furthermore, being a responsible manager of the organization, it is your duty to find the causes for the lack of interest and address them accordingly. But is it necessary to touch-base the concern? What if you don’t?
Why is it important to motivate employees in the workplace?
The foremost reason that calls for motivating employees in the workplace is:
Lack of motivation=low productivity: Disinterested or dissatisfied employees are bound to perform less enthusiastically and this is sure to affect the overall productivity of the organization. Be it production, operations, marketing or sales, unmotivated employees are likely to cause harm to the organization. Furthermore, unmotivated employees are bound to look out for opportunities and leave in an untimely manner.
How Do You Motivate Employees?
There are many ways of motivating employees.
The question becomes all the more important to answer when it is asked by an interviewer trying to gauge your managerial skills. However, keeping in mind a few points may help you seize the opportunity!
- Personal care: The easiest yet the most important motivational step is showing personal care. Employees work in extreme pressure to perform according to plan, and in such cases, if you show personal care and give positive feedback, they are quite likely to get motivated to keep performing well.
Also, showing attention brings forth trust and mutual respect between a manager and a team member that energizes the team.
- Reward programs and give feedback: Achievers need to be rewarded and get positive feedback. If you refrain from rewarding them or delivering the right message, they will get frustrated and under-perform.
- Employee benefit plans: It is advisable to tie down health insurance plans to various job positions in the organization. This way, employees will be motivated to keep performing well in order to retain their positions and/or excelling to acquire higher designations.
- Employee professional development programs: These programs are the key factors for companies’ successes. When employees have future prospects for their profession, they feel empowered. If an employee receives an opportunity for proactive advancement, s/he tends to be more productive and grateful for the workplace. Therefore, write a career development plan for each of your employees in order to support their career.
- Problem solving: Many times, employees/ team members tend to get in trouble; in such cases, a manager should step in and solve the problem promptly and professionally. If he procrastinates, it might affect the overall enthusiasm of the team members.
Do you have any ideas of motivating employees to go above and beyond the call of their duty?
After completing challenging projects, rewarding team members with surprise gifts, out of office activities, vacation trips, and free club memberships, are some of the ways of bonding team members.
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