Anyone in charge of human resources understands a happy employee is usually a more productive one, too. In order to create a team of workers that are both loyal and reliable, it is important to ensure they are content with their jobs and feel a sense of purpose when they arrive at work. While it can be difficult to find the optimal balance, there are certain considerations to take into account when trying to motivate your workforce. Here is a brief look at seven of the most important factors.
1 RECOGNITION AND REWARDS
Hard work and exceptional performance should always be recognized and rewarded. This provides incentive to keep up the good work and encourages others to step up their performance as well. If hard work goes unnoticed, employees soon feel unappreciated and, understandably, more likely to respond by slacking. Rewards do not have to be large; even something small may be enough to let employees know they are appreciated and important in the workplace. The majority of employees who are hoping to stay in their current jobs are happy with their level of recognition; however, lack of recognition is also a common reason for leaving. Also, most satisfied employees will work harder for better recognition and rewards.
2 WAGES AND BENEFITS
The main reason your employees work for you is, of course, to make money. Ultimately, they probably may not care much about the business, its aims, and progress. The main motivation is always the salary received at the end of the month and, as a general rule, the more you pay, the better. Studies show many people are not content with their current salaries. Statistically, employees aged 18 to 30 are the least likely to be satisfied with their wages. Providing additional benefits helps boost employee morale and productivity. Organizing things like medical insurance on behalf of your employees is often appreciated, as is providing lunch vouchers for heavy discounts at cafeterias and restaurants during lunch breaks.
3 STABILITY AND SECURITY
A happy employee is usually one who is not constantly worrying about the risk of being made redundant, demoted, or anything else that adversely affects income or other aspects about their working life. It is important for any organization to emphasize its success and motivate employees through rewards and various other methods to be sure workers know the company is heading in the right direction. If an employee feels ignored by the company as a whole or does not have a clearly defined role and purpose, they may question the stability of their job. If they suspect they are about to lose their job, it is highly unlikely they will perform up to par.
4 DIVERSITY AND BREAKS
Some jobs can become quite soul-destroying but boredom must be avoided as much as possible, lest employees become more error-prone and less efficient and discontent. Some tasks are just plain boring as far as most people are concerned and there is no way around this, but having a little diversity introduced into the daily grind can make a difference. Employee productivity is likely to increase when employees are allowed to do different tasks on occasion or asked to do more challenging and rewarding tasks. Breaks are also important, particularly for those stuck in the office throughout the workday. Several short breaks during an eight-hour day can revitalize and motivate staff.
5 RELATIONSHIPS AND TEAMWORK
The workplace is one of the most common places for making friends, personal connections, or even finding love. Many employees’ social lives revolve around colleagues or teams. Without a friendly and team-orientated atmosphere in the workplace, few social connections are made, which leaves employees in an unfriendly atmosphere. It is primarily the duty of managers and supervisors to ensure people work together to achieve goals and collaborate on a regular basis to share ideas and boost the company’s performance. To help facilitate the formation of relationships and good teamwork, have a well-appointed common area for use during break times.
6 FLEXIBILITY AND LOCATION
Similar to diversity among daily tasks, flexibility with location is also important. The nine-to-five office routine has been with us for decades, but it is something most people find thoroughly tiresome. Fortunately, with the Internet, this type of working culture is slowly on the way out. While getting the work done to a high standard and meeting deadlines is as important as ever, there is rarely a need for employees, particularly in an office, to remain tied to their desk at all times. Giving them the option to work at home or elsewhere on occasion allows a much-welcomed change of scene. On a similar note, sending workers home early if work is completed for the day will also be met with gratitude. There is no point in having people sitting around with nothing to do.
7 OPPORTUNITIES AND PROMOTIONS
Some people end up staying in the same job doing the same thing for the entirety of their working lives. To most people, however, this is the ultimate nightmare. Even those who are not particularly career-driven don’t want to remain in the same place forever. Providing new opportunities and a clearly defined promotional curve in your workplace will motivate employees and let them feel they have a future in your organization. An employee who feels stuck in a completely dead-end job is likely to be neither happy or productive.