The biggest challenge a company can face is having a high turnover rate. If your employees are not motivated to work, chances are they will leave or have low productivity which can lead to termination. Employers who continuously motivate and empower their employees often see an increase in productivity and a decrease in employee turnover. As an employer, you want to make sure you’re your employees feel appreciated, respected and most importantly a vital part of the team. Try implementing some of these key elements into your business and see how big of a difference it can make:
Challenge Your Staff
Laziness and low performance are due in part from employees disinterest in their job or the lack of challenge in their job functions. Give your employees tasks that are a little beyond their reach and see how well they step up to the plate. Giving them more responsibility, a chance to learn or work in a new department or even offering them a few extra hours are great ways to push and motivate your employees. This is especially essential for those high performing employees who you want to retain as they grow with your company.
The most important element in any relationship is having effective communication. As an employer, you want to make sure that you communicate clearly what is expected of your employees every day that they report to work. Creating this framework eliminates confusion, stress and disappointment on both ends. You also want to ensure that you have an open line of communication such as an “open door” policy that offers employees an opportunity to offer insight, ideas, and solutions or to express their questions or concerns.
Train, Coach and Empower
A key element in motivating your staff is making sure that they are properly trained for the job and continuously coached and empowered. You want to mold your employees into leaders who can work independently and efficiently. Productive employees need to feel that their effort and hard work is appreciated and acknowledging their achievements, improvements and success is a great way to keep your employees motivated. Employees want to feel like they’re part of the team, “the family”. If the leadership team isn’t making the effort to show their employees that they are in fact valuable members of the company, it will reflect in their attitude and productivity.
In order to have a powerful team of employees, you must have a strong leadership team. If the leadership team has a negative attitude, spends little to no time training and coaching or weak leadership skills, this will definitely affect the work quality and attitude of your employees. Be sure that your leadership team is knowledgeable in all areas of the job and is dedicated to developing and motivating your employees. It is very difficult for employees to work in an environment where the supervisor or manager has a lack of knowledge, interest and/or passion. The stronger your leadership team is the more productivity and growth you will see in both your employees and within your business.