So, you’ve got a dream team of employees in place, all of whom have a proven track record, the right skill set for their individual roles, and perfectly fit your company’s culture.
To begin with, your team give everything they’ve got and continually hit their goals, propelling the business on a course to greatness. But over time, their motivation levels drop, resulting in reduced productivity, poorer performance, and a diminished bottom-line.
Don’t worry, this is a completely normal scenario that almost every manager or leader has experienced. Thankfully, it is something that can be easily overcome as long as you implement the right motivational methods.
Here are a few ways to ensure your employees are always giving 110%.
Invite a motivational speaker to your workplace
As time goes by, even the most inspiring and uplifting leader will struggle to keep their team enthused. Quotes about how difficult it can be to be a prophet in your own land is true for companies as well.
But by enlisting the help of a motivational speaker, who often tell interesting and insightful life stories with a great deal of passion, your team will benefit from more energy, new ideas, and different perspectives. Motivational speakers from all walks of life can be booked through Speakers Corner.
Recognise good work with an award program
“One of the best ways to motivate your people is through appreciation and recognition – the more frequent, the better,” Sarah Payne, Managing Editor at Globoforce, said. “In our 2016 WorkHuman Research Institute Report, 79% of respondents told us recognition and rewards makes them work harder.”
Consider launching a monthly award program, where your workforce votes for the team member who demonstrated the best work ethic or attitude. You can also use this opportunity to reinforce your company’s core values.
Give your team autonomy with the option to work from home
Giving your team greater autonomy shows that you trust them to fulfil their role and complete their responsibilities. This forms a stronger emotional bond between employer and employee, making it less likely that staff will perform poorly.
One way to test the waters is to let employees set their own hours or allow them to work from home. According to the Remote Work & Digital Nomads Study 2018, fewer than 7% of respondents cited not having a manager present as a top productivity-blocker.
Get to know your employees
“The best way to motivate your employees is to figure out what makes them tick and align their personal and professional goals with their role in your company as best you can,” Zoomshift co-founder Jon Hainstock said. “To do this, you need to check in with each employee frequently and ask them questions about how things are going.”
Make sure you book in a specific time to get to know each member of your team personally. This shouldn’t be limited to career goals either and could include what motivates them outside of work. All of your employees will have different backgrounds, so forcing a one-size-fits-all solution on them won’t have the desired effect.