Motivating Employees During Tough Times

December 5, 2011

5 Tips on Motivating Your Staff Without Monetary Compensation

In today’s economy, it is harder and harder for employers to be able to reward employees with monetary benefit or salary increases.  However, research has shown that while anyone is happy to be paid more, that is not the only factor that is used to determine job satisfaction among employees.  What this means is that employers have several non-monetary based means of motivating employees.

Here are 5 tips for motivating your employees.

  1. Create an Autonomous Work Environment. This doesn’t mean that employees get to sit around and do whatever they want.  This means that you should empower your employees to be self-sufficient and to provide important input and feedback to the company.  When people feel that they are empowered to not only help and assist in a company’s planning, but that they have the power to evolve in their position, they will find energy and motivation in their position to make it what they can and to be the best they can be!
  2. Recognition and Applause. Everyone likes to feel appreciated and have their successes and hard work acknowledged—not only by their bosses but by their colleagues.  Create opportunities for people to challenge themselves in the office and then be the first to acknowledge an employee’s efforts and success.
  3. Fun Work Environment. There’s an old English saying that goes, “Work hard, play hard.”  If the office is just a place to work, work work—with no fun—employees will find it hard to take a break from the seriousness of their work.  Encourage social gatherings and workdays where members can take a break from work for a bit.  Whether it’s lunch outings on the company, potlucks, casual Fridays (if appropriate for your business) or bringing in munchies—food always seems to make people happy!  Find something that can brighten peoples’ day and encourage team members to “take a break” and have a little fun.
  4. Encourage Outside Training. Not only does relative training of staff that are provided by either third-party companies or even by your company help you as an employer in developing skills among employees that you may benefit from, but the time outside of the office and the break from the daily monotony of tasks and deadlines will prove beneficial to you as well as the employee.  Encourage employees to seek out opportunities to go to training programs that are relevant to what you do and that can benefit you, but that they want to take on as well.
  5. Set an Example. You’re the spearhead that everyone is turning to, whether you’re upper management or some form of lower management.  If management seems unhappy with their job and are a bunch of “Debbie Downers” to work with, it makes it harder to find happiness and motivation in the same.  So, come to work each morning with a bright, fresh and upbeat outlook that can be not only seen in your actions and words but felt by others around you.  You will find it hard not to rub off on those around you, which leads to happier, more upbeat and motivated employees.

These are just some ways to help motivate your staff during these tough times when salary increases aren’t always feasible for motivating employees.  Nobody wants a job that is just a job to make ends meet and no employers wants an employee that simply has the job with your company because they need a job.  So, find ways to help make the workplace more enjoyable and employees will want to come to work, instead of feeling as though they have to!

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