How to Motivate Your Employees Effectively: 11 Simple Steps

Why should you care about employee motivation? Simply because it's one of the essential ingredients to increase business profitability

It's no secret that happy, engaged employees are more productive and more likely to stick around at a company. Yet, according to a 2021 survey by Gartner, about 13% of employees in Australia feel engaged at work. So if you're a manager, part of your job is to motivate your team and help them be their best selves at work. 

Here are 11 simple yet effective ways how to motivate employees.

1. Get To Know Your Employees 

The first step to motivating your team is getting to know them individually. What makes them tick? What are their goals and aspirations? What motivates them? When you understand what drives your team members, finding ways to help them reach their full potential is easier.

2. Set Clear Expectations

Your team can't be motivated if they don't know what's expected of them. Be clear about deadlines, objectives, and deliverables. If there's ever any ambiguity, make sure to clarify so that everyone is on the same page. It's vital to set clear and proper expectations if you want to motivate your staff effectively. 

3. Communicate Regularly

Open communication is essential for any team, but it's especially important when it comes to motivation. Keep your team updated on progress, changes, and new initiatives. This way, they'll feel like they're in the loop and their efforts are being noticed and appreciated.

4. Provide Regular Feedback

Regular feedback is key for helping employees improve and grow in their roles. Make sure to give positive and constructive feedback so that your team knows what they're doing well and where they can continue improving.

5. Offer Opportunities for Growth

No one wants to feel like they're in the middle-of-the-road. Offer opportunities for your team members to grow within their roles or take on new challenges. This could include training programs, mentorship opportunities, or stretch assignments. Employees who feel like they're able to learn and develop are more likely to be engaged and motivated at work.

6. Encourage Collaboration

Collaboration can not only lead to better results, but it can also help build a sense of community within a team. Encourage your team members to collaborate on projects and develop creative solutions as a group. This will help them feel more connected to each other and invested in the success of the team as a whole.

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7. Recognise Achievements

Make sure to recognise and celebrate your team's successes, big and small. This could include things like shout-outs in company-wide emails, awards or prizes, or public recognition at team meetings. A little acknowledgement goes a long way in making employees feel appreciated and motivated.

8. Be Available and Approachable

As a manager, you should be available to your team when they need you - whether it's for advice, clarification, or just a sounding board for ideas.

9. Encourage Team Building

Encouraging teamwork will help your employees feel like they're part of something larger and will motivate them to work together towards common goals.

10. Offer Incentives

Giving your employees incentives for meeting goals or doing their job well is a great way to motivate them to perform at their best. Offering prizes or bonus pay can be especially effective in motivating employees.

11. Promote Internal Workers

Letting your employees know that there are opportunities for advancement within the company will motivate them to do their best and try to move up within the company.

Key Takeaway 

It's known that keeping your employees driven and inspired is a full-time job. As their employer, you need to be aware of what keeps them going, how to pique their interest, and the list goes on. With the right employee management software like RosterElf and better workplace strategies, motivating your team is achievable. You can do it!

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Staff set the times and days they can work, and RosterElf does the rest. Our software then automatically suggests available employees to fill shifts. 

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