While people may not want to admit it, there are many unmotivated employees in today’s workforce. Whether the employee has no motivation to move up in the company or just simply isn’t driven to do their best, this can be difficult for a manager to handle.
Some examples of why employees become demotivated may include feeling undervalued, poor leadership, mismatching values, or even lack of self-efficacy. One of the more serious reasons is when an employee is experiencing disruptive emotions which could be a result of their out-of-office life or their in-office life. We’re all human and sometimes our emotions can get the best of us, but negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, or depression makes it hard for anyone to carry out day-to-day tasks. It is crucial for managers or employers to be able to recognize and address these issues on a level in which the employee feels comfortable, heard, and valued.
If your employees feel as if there is no reason to work hard, why would they? Incorporating simple, yet effective motivating factors into your company’s culture could help with all of this. Below are 5 simple ways to keep your employees motivated to succeed.
1. Set goals and recognize a job well done
It is important to give your employees the challenge of achieving goals set by the company. This gives them a sense of urgency to stay focused and complete given tasks. Once the set goals have been achieved, recognizing that team member’s work makes them feel valued which can have a tremendous impact on the workplace. Further, giving positive feedback keeps employees motivated to continue challenging themselves and doing their best with a sense of purpose.
2. Facilitate respectful relationships
Who would want to be placed in a constant environment in which they feel uncomfortable and disrespected? NO ONE! It is critical that your work environment is enjoyable. The closer your team is to each other, the more productive they will be which frees up more time to focus on personal and innovative growth and development. These respectful and professional relationships will help them to further their career and most importantly, improve their overall health.
3. Pay them well
While this may seem like an obvious one, there are many employees that don’t get paid the amount they deserve in relation to what they produce. Giving your employees competitive, steady, and the appropriate income they deserve will help to keep them motivated. If employees are outperforming their expectations, give them the raise or bonus they deserve. This is sure to send the message that they are a valued member of the team.
4. Build a winning company culture
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” -Steve Jobs
Besides good pay, relationships, and benefits, making sure your company is an enjoyable place to work must be prioritized. If your company is giving off a negative vibe, no one is going to want to continue to work for you. While you can’t always pick or choose the exact way you want to run your company, there are simple ways to change the company culture to provide your employees with a comfortable, enjoyable, and exciting work environment that motivates employees to work to their full potential. Company culture is HUGE in running a healthy and successful business.
5. Maintain a successful company
How successful a company is can also be a contributing factor to what motivates or demotivates its employees. Being able to maintain a successful company will alone motivate people to want to work for you. No one wants to work at a company that makes them feel as if the qualities and credentials they have are going to waste. Undermining the fact that they feel like they are too advanced to be working there will ultimately lead to an unmotivated individual. The success of a company is crucial to the motivation of their employees.
This being said, no one example is more important than the next. All five of these examples go hand-in-hand in keeping your employees motivated. While there are many other ways to keep employees motivated, these five are a must to maintain a healthy and successful workplace.