What You MUST Know About Staff Motivation

What You MUST Know About Staff Motivation
A staff can stay motivated and engaged if they're engaged and believe in the company.

There is nothing harder than for a large business to keep a staff or office motivated.

Some issues that come from team and personal conflicts can mess with the attrition of the company and make it harder for businesses to retain great teams. There’s obviously hundreds of thousands of different intricacies that will affect the way a staff Will interact with one another.

However, there are certain hacks to create a more productive and engaged atmosphere. Here are some tips to keep your staff motivated; whether you are a large organization or a small to mid-sized business:

How Do You Motivate Staff?

There is no denying one of the best motivators as compensation.

Competitive markets equal competitive pay. It is not only basic economics, but it is the foundation of capitalist societies. People want to be compensated based on how much they bring to the table.

Obviously the less a person has to worry about their finances, the more they can focus on their actual work.

One of the things I’ve seen in the tech industry, and initiative led by Google, is that companies offer fair, higher wages right off the bat, without the opportunity to negotiate for higher pay.

Google Salaries are the highest in the industry, This is why they're rated as one of the best places to work.

 

They can always move up and learn more skills throughout their time there, but since they tend to pay above the market value and adjust prices based on the cost of living in the city, the people that apply tend to feel comfortable with their salary.

Not only that but often they will grow into a larger position within the company or start their own business.

Greed and egos have always been the destroyer of innovation. People have often left the company that they are working for, because the people at the top tend to get paid significantly more, instead of balancing out the wages and giving people a fair salary.

Sadly, I have seen companies that make millions of dollars every single month and refuse to give a promotion to a person who has contributed to the company’s success.

So the best way to go about motivating your stuff is to make sure that they are compensated fairly, and treated with respect.

A Couple Of (Obvious Ideas) To Motivate Staff

Aside from things like compensation, there are other ways to make sure that the individuals in your organization are motivated.

The best part about having a continuous feedback system is that you can ask anyone at any time to give feedback on something. And nothing brightens the an employees’ mood then receiving feedback from someone that has clout within your organization.

Constant Feedback loops are made easier with WIRL's performance review system

For example: having an entry-level person contribute and produce a lot obtain feedback from someone that is in the senior management position is extremely motivational. You’re getting a person that is new to the organization to understand what senior leaders are looking for, from the get-go.

It allows for them to hit the ground running and develop the positive attitude toward the organization. Put yourself in the shoes of a up-and-coming young employee that has received feedback from a respectable key player in your team.

It is such a simple gesture that creates a good feel around the organization and goes a long way.

From an employee advocacy point-of-view: even if the person does not end up working there for the rest of their career they’re always going to think of that company having a real culture just because they’re able to have an excellent feedback ecosystem.

This one might sound crazy but if you want another way to motivate your staff, hire freelancers. Right now the gig economy is creating a lot of careers and job opportunities throughout the world. What better way to keep a lot of your staff members around then to have money allotted for specific projects.

Perhaps an example will clear things up a bit: let’s say that you are working on a project that will need a designer. Hiring a high-quality design team and keeping them in-house, might have you sacrifice someone else’s pay or not provide a high return on investment.

Having a freelance team come and do the project can be more affordable, and it doesn’t take away from your business. Also, if that project were to succeed, you can set a reward or bonus.

Though that is just an example, the message is to make sure that core employees are respected, engaged, rewarded, and treated fairly.

How To Keep The Whole Staff Motivated

If you’re thinking about engaging the staff as a whole, there are ways to do that as well.

Let’s separate this into two different sections: when your business is doing bad and when your company is doing great.

It may sound obvious, but perseverance always builds character. Whether it is from a team standpoint, or individual standpoint. There will come a time where things will get rough for your business.staff-motivation-is-tough-at-rough-times

During those rough patches, have to stay level-headed and make sure that employees have each others back. Aside from keeping things positive, focusing on small quick wins will always be a plus. If a team closes a sale, or finishes a project, a pat on the back will go a long way.

The major component of giving employees feedback is giving them praise. If you’re in a rough financial time, merely thinking an employee can go a long way.

Not only that but listening to any of their concerns and trying to game plan around it can restore any lost confidence.

If you are fortunate enough to keep your business engaged and motivated at all times, your role becomes more maintenance.

Whether you are in HR, or management, maintaining communication is vital for employee satisfaction. Given that continuous feedback to all employees, hear them out and listen to any of the current problems you’re facing.

Keep the happy people happy, at the happiest of times.

In fact, have employees give you feedback at their leisure and as soon as possible. Doesn’t have to be necessary, but you can still collect information and understand some of the problems that are stopping you guys from doing it better.

Learn How To Engage Your Employees

Engaging employees is one of the tougher jobs to manage. Unlike making sure that stuff is motivated, engaging employees is making sure that they’re actively interested in the company, and constantly looking for new ways to improve the brand overall.

If you are looking for a way to engage employees, just focus on transparency.

Transparency is able to let others know more about the company

Buffer has a cool transparent culture, everyone knows everything about how the organization runs.

The flat management structure allows for organizations to have a fully transparent view of how the company operates, from a business standpoint, and a leadership standpoint. In a traditional company structure, employees are just told what to do and are compensated for it.

Thus leading to disengaged employees that don’t have the companies best interest in mind.

The main takeaway from these methods is that it should be used as a way to make sure that all staff know what is going on within a company, and that they can help to make it better or optimize a process.

The biggest problem with this case employees is that they don’t care that much about the company values or where it’s going they just care about making ends meet and collecting their paycheck.

So the best way to engage employees is to be completely transparent with them, and use those other motivating factors mentioned above to keep them motivated and engaged.

The Importance Of Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is an important caveat that helps with business success. It is underrated for many reasons, the main one being that it seemed as a collectivist act in an individualist society.

Changing the mindset around companies that don’t believe in employee engagement methods is tough, as they tend to think more pertaining to root metrics, input/output, and of course income. It almost seems wild to assume that they would be willing to invest more in programs that’ll allow for more feedback.

However, the times are changing.

So much so that investors and stakeholders will put more money into a business that has a lot of happy and engaged employees from the start. The reason being is that there is a lot of potential and more productivity with an engaged workforce.

It creates a healthy ecosystem for employees and business alike.

It is one thing to make sure that the high-level employees have a good business acumen, but, it is also wise for management to have a high emotional IQ, and understand the benefits of having motivated and engaged employees. And it doesn’t start from a growth phase, it starts from the first day of the company is founded.

Preaching Values And Methods At Training And Development of Employees

This might sound too new-age or progressive, but companies are now focusing on making sure that employees understand the values of the company and train them to make sure that they are loyal to the brand and the team around them.

The best story is, of course, Zappos.

Zappos isn't afraid to cut the fat and motivate its active staff members.

The organization makes sure to have a slow onboarding process so that employees know every facet of their company. then after a certain amount of time, they offered a bonus to leave the company if they want. If they do not feel engaged or happy, they can gladly leave.

This methodology has proved to work, as the company is rated one of the best places to work and aside from that it is viewed as a pioneer in the HR field and e-commerce industry.

When you develop the employees around the company’s culture. Not only does it help out the retention of workers, but it ensures that they are being developed to become leaders within your organization.

Keeping employees as a matter of training and development.

It is all correlative; better entry-level job training means the better it is for a company to move up within and throughout the organization.

To sum it all up, if you want to make a company run better: motivate your staff, make sure that they are engaged in their work, and from a very early point make sure that they’re being trained and developed to understand the culture and values of the organization.

Any Other Tips On How To Keep Staff Motivated?

Feel free to contact us and let us know how your company decides to keep staff motivated and engaged. Along with letting us know of some other new practices that are helping companies grow into industry-leading businesses.

Jeffrey Fermin is a leader in the HR Tech industry, he spends his collaborating with multiple companies to help come up with solutions that will improve the modern-day workplace.

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