There can be many reasons that your business’s employees have a drop in their motivation levels. But one thing’s for sure – it’s going to be bad for your bottom line. The less motivated people are, the less effort they put in, and they will lose some of their creativity and spark. It is essential, therefore, that you root out the causes and take an active course of action to improve things. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Be more positive
In many workplaces, if there are motivation issues it is often the fault of the bosses. Perhaps you have gone off the boil a little recently, or maybe you are pushing people too hard. It’s important to be able to recognize how others view you, and to understand that their drive will often come from your positivity. Be a more open boss. Don’t have favorites. Ensure that everyone is happy with the basics of their job. Keep your business running smoothly at all times. Sure, there will be moments when everyone is under pressure – but it’s at these times you need to keep your cool.
Hire a speaker
If you are struggling to get your positivity across, then think about hiring some inspirational speakers. They can come into your workplace and work with you to approach a subject that you are struggling with. Not every boss can stand up in front of the troops and let rip with a motivational speech, and it’s nothing to be ashamed about if you can’t. A good motivational speaker will be able to adapt their talks so that they tie into what you do. And, with any luck they will help your employees get a little drive back.
Educate your staff
If people think they aren’t going anywhere, it can have a severe effect on their motivation. So, by giving them the opportunity to better themselves, you will be better off. Not only will you have a happier workforce, but they will also bring in new skills to help you develop your business. It’s a no-brainer – and it’s tax deductible. As long as their courses have a direct link with what your company does, it’s worth investigating further.
Have some fun
Identify a quiet part of the year, and have some fun with your employees. Even if it’s just a Friday afternoon off to grab a bite to eat, it’s a chance for people to get to know each other away from the pressures of the office. It’s a small diversion that costs you little but ultimately brings significant rewards. You could also try a team-bonding day. However, make it fun and give your employees a chance to experience something they wouldn’t normally do. The traditional team-building day has had its day, thank goodness. When staff are struggling to motivate themselves, the last thing they need is a horrendous day of forced activities.
With any luck, these four simple ideas can help you get your staff back up and motivated once again. There are plenty more – so why not let me know how you deal with motivational issues?