Ways Employers Can Motivate Staff

Ways Employers Can Motivate Staff

Ways employers can motivate staff

There are many ways companies can bring the best out of their greatest asset – their employees. These include:

  • Pay rises – the oldest motivational tool in the book. However, while increasing an individual’s basic salary may make that person feel better about working for the company, there may be an element of them thinking ‘I’ve got the increase now, no need to work hard.’
  • Performance related pay – many roles involve some form of remuneration via bonuses and commission, payment of which is often linked to achievement of specific targets. Alternatively, companies may have awards schemes, where outstanding achievement is recognised via cash awards and/or other gifts. Companies that use performance related pay must ensure that their system is fair, and that the performance of each individual can be accurately measured.
  • Giving praise where it’s due – if an employee performs a task well, then let them know that.
  • Promotion – if an employee thinks that they stand a good chance of being promoted, this could mean they try extra hard to perform well.
  • Job enlargement – if promotion is not a realistic option, companies can look at giving individual employees additional tasks and responsibilities. This can make the staff member feel more valued, and improve their job satisfaction by giving them more variety. However, companies must first ensure that the individual is capable of taking on more responsibility. They may also need to consider the issue of salary – many people will expect more pay if they take more work on.
  • Allowing employees to take control – letting people suggest new ways of carrying out work tasks.
  • Flexible working – if an employee can work on their own terms, they may feel much better towards the company.
  • Other perks – instead of offering salary increases, companies may be able to improve staff motivation by providing: better occupational pension schemes, company vehicles, subsidised lunches, company healthcare schemes and many other perks.
  • Social events – providing regular work social events can make employees feel good about the company, especially if the company is able to subsidise these, or even fund the entire costs. However, management must be careful not to put pressure on staff to attend these events.
  • Providing a good atmosphere – providing free drinks and snacks, ensuring the office temperature is comfortable and providing a clean and bright office can all have a positive impact on employee motivation.
  • Keeping employees informed – letting staff know what’s happening in the wider organisation, and demonstrating how their efforts boost the company as a whole.

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