Keeping Employees Motivated is Key

Joe Weinlick
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If you feel there is a lot of negativity in your workplace or that your employees are lacking in ambition, motivating employees can be a key factor in improving workplace performance and satisfaction. Motivation can change the way your employees think and work, and improve the productivity of your company in a short amount of time. Here are a few reasons why it's so important to keep employees motivated, and what you can do.

Motivation Improves Production

If employees know they are rewarded for their hard work, they have an incentive to work harder for your company. This is going to increase production and sales, and it helps your company grow. This can help you increase company production and profits, reduce employees' sick days and tardiness, lower the amount of time employees waste using computers for personal reasons, generate more sales leads and more. Motivating employees throughout management positions is also important.

Offer Short and Long Term Incentives

t's important to offer rewards and goals for short-term projects and offer quarterly incentives for exceptional performance. This is something your employees can have in sight, ensuring their eagerness to win the prize. Long-term goals are just as important when motivating employees because they keep your employees consistent.

The short-term incentives may be smaller than the long-term options, and the long-term incentives must be something worth striving a long time for. You may want to offer a couple of different options as incentives when motivating employees since everyone in the workplace won't have the same interests.

Recognition Improves Attitude and Morale

Recognizing how your employees are striving and rewarding them is helps improve their attitudes, which can boost morale around the entire office. You may get some employees who are working harder because they want to compete with others in the office, but some may work harder because they feel like they are appreciated by management and are being rewarded for their hard work.

Treat Your Employees

Doing something as simple as treating your employees to an inter-office catered lunch or handing out small gift cards to a local coffee shop could be enough to motivate employees at work. Anything that will lighten the mood in the office space and make your employees feel valued will help your employees want to work harder. Happy employees work harder, and sweets, treats, free gift cards and other activities keep employees happy.

Create office pools for sporting events, give away items each month for employees that reach certain milestones, or do charity events as a team to help create a more positive team atmosphere. Motivating employees is crucial if you want your company to be a place where people like to work, and if you want your all your employees to work hard for you every day.


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