How to keep employees happy and motivated

By: Patton Sullivan

Date: 8 October 2019

Colleagues in the workplace laugh and relax - happy employees are more productive.As a leader, responsibility for your team's success falls on your shoulders. Under pressure, you could go the authoritarian route and try to keep people in line with punishment and threats. But no employee flourishes under that type of rule.

Instead, you should focus on creating a friendly, honest, and above all happy work environment. This motivates your team to work as productively and efficiently as possible.

But how do you go about doing this? Fortunately, most of the following techniques are simple to execute and easy to maintain.

Acknowledge good performance

Sometimes, all we want is a bit of recognition. Working long days takes a toll, and can become monotonous, but hearing “good job!” from your boss? Well, there’s no substitute for the warmth that brings.

Don’t be afraid to call out mistakes - but also make a habit of letting your team know you appreciate their hard work and that, without them, the company would be worse off.

Prepare your team for success

Make sure you’re not only encouraging your team, but preparing them for success by giving them the right tools for the job. But what does this entail?

For one thing, a good leader ensures his or her team has received the proper training. Give your employees a thorough grounding in the equipment they’ll be using, the location they’ll be working in, the people they’ll be working alongside, and so on.

Speaking of equipment, be sure to keep essential hardware up to date. For example, don’t force your IT department to use outdated or underpowered computers - a practice considered by many to be cruel and unusual punishment.

Allow remote work and flexible hours

Rigid schedules may work for some people, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Allow your team some breathing room when it comes to their working hours, either in the form of flexibility or remote working.

Allowing flexible hours are good for keeping morale up, while still letting you supervise your employees’ work. However, if the trust is there, you could allow people to work from home on certain days each week, or even full-time. Giving your staff a break from the commute can lead to renewed energy and a creative boost.

One security note: if you have staff working remotely, make sure they use a VPN, as public wi-fi networks can expose your company data to threats.

Live a little

Being a leader requires more than professionalism and authority - it requires friendliness. Creating an aura of warmth for your team is easy; just be open to chatting and getting to know them as a person.

Take time out to join in chatter around the coffee machine. Live a little! There’s no reason to be a stern boss 100% of the time.

Motivate, motivate, motivate

The best thing you can do for employee productivity is to ensure people are properly motivated in their work - whether they're facing a big, challenging project or handling mundane day-to-day tasks.

As well as all the tips listed here, there are other ways in which you can boost staff motivation. For example, hold regular informal catch-ups and social outings to foster a strong bond between members of your team.

Conclusion

No one wants to work in a place they feel is unrewarding, or where their work is unappreciated. As the boss, you're responsible for keeping employee spirits high. With these tips and some creativity on your own part, you have a great chance of success.

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