Three Steps to Properly Motivating Your Employees

Motivation — it’s something that comes in many shapes and forms, from gentle praise to cracking the proverbial whip. Keeping colleagues motivated isn’t just about one specific tactic, it is about a combination of efforts, and it all begins with you, the leader.

If employees disengage with their work, you can blame them for not working hard enough, which is the easy option, or you can take some appropriate steps to reset the balance.

Figure Out How to Improve Their Wellbeing

So many companies have things like a “relaxation station” or offer meditation classes or yoga.

But with the ongoing deadlines and amount of stress that people feel, a one-hour class isn’t going to cut it. And wellbeing is a term associated with things like mindfulness or enlightenment, but the real method to instill any sense of wellbeing in your workers is to give them a sense of purpose.

You’ve seen the type of person that clocks in and clocks out, they’re only there in body. Instead, you need to reinforce the difference someone is making by just doing their job. You can start workplace support programs or think of some employee recognition gift ideas to hand out on occasion.

A little way of saying thanks out of the blue will help to keep some morale up. And if you combine that with assigning duties that help give your employees a greater sense of purpose within the business, it will completely change their attitude.

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Simple, right? If they feel inspired, they will work better. But how do we go about doing this? From your perspective, it’s about leading by example.

Studies have shown that leaders who act in the interests of the team, instead of themselves, will inspire workers to become more trusting, cooperative, and committed. It’s all about being fair, and if you have previously operated with an iron fist, you may want to think about changing your leadership style and start off with a clean slate.

And when you’re acting in the interests of the team, make sure you work with them. Doing this as much as possible, either on a daily basis or a weekly basis will help to bridge the us and them-type gap that can occur in large organisations or places that lean towards an antiquated style of hierarchy.

Splitting the Work/Life Balance Properly

Something that German companies are very hot on is banning work emails out of office hours (except for when there’s an emergency), and this is one simple way of making sure that work life doesn’t spill into home life.

It’s not just as simple as banning emails, but you need to create a work culture that embraces the work/life balance. You may wish to start the day on a positive note with a bit of exercise.

It can raise some eyebrows, but if you prioritise looking after yourself in the workplace, not only does it benefit everyone from a health standpoint, but their productivity will increase dramatically.

It’s very simple, but hard to implement. Yet it’s not impossible to achieve.