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Inspire & Motivate Your Team with These 7 Practical Tips

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Since the time of the “mass resignation” began, it’s been more and more difficult for companies to keep their employees. Unlike in the past, it’s no longer just about giving them a paycheck in return for their time, it’s now about recognizing that a work-life balance must exist for them to feel satisfied and happy with where they are in life. Inspiring and motivating staff will go a long way in employee retention and business productivity.

  • Reward Their Hard Work. While employees are expected to do a good job, when they go above and beyond and it’s clear they’ve put added effort into a project, it’s appropriate (and inspiring to the team) to reward their hard work. If employees fail to be acknowledged for their hard work, it could lead to resentment and the sense of dissatisfaction, and cause them to look elsewhere for employment.
  • Cash bonus. Receiving a cash bonus for a job well done is a great way for an employer to show employee true appreciation.
  • Egift card. Sending an employee an egift card is a quick and convenient way to express gratitude. Available from a multitude of stores, an egift card may be sent via email or text, with transactions and balances available to be tracked online.
  • Time off. Rewarding hard work with paid time off is a strong incentive.
  • Encourage Collaboration. In any group of people, there will be sets of skills that some people have while others have a different set. Bringing them together to work on projects, and encouraging collaboration between employees who might not normally interact is a great way to help those skills rise to the top and make the team feel that they’re doing their best work.
  • Help them Balance Work & Personal Life. At some point or another, an employee’s home life intrudes on their work. Whether it’s children getting sick and needing to be picked up from school early or parents that need help. The sandwich generation (which is most of the working class) has duties beyond work. Being tolerant of needed time off and offering the opportunity for remote work or after-hours work can help employee’s feel more appreciated.
  • Provide them with a Pleasant Work Environment. Nobody wants to go to work to sit in an ill-fitting chair at an uncomfortable desk under cold, soulless fluorescent lights. Making the effort to provide a pleasant and inspiring work environment will go a long way with making employees happy.
  • Bring the outside in. Whether they are silk or real, put trees and other plants around the office to simulate an outdoor feel.
  • Provide employees with ergonomically correct desks, chairs, and computer equipment so they are comfortable while they are doing their jobs.
  • Natural lighting with well-placed windows and subtle yet cheery wall colors will help people be optimistic and feel refreshed.
  • Art and sculptured around the office remind employees of the finer things and help them feel more at peace and at one with their surroundings.
  • Encourage instead of Punish. We are all human and it’s human nature to fail at some of the things we try. The same is going to be true of your employees. Instead of taking a punishment attitude when an employee doesn’t completely come through (or messes up entirely) take the opportunity to help them learn from the mistake. Be tolerant, patient, and forgiving and help re-establish their goals and how to get there so they are more likely to succeed next time.
  • Don’t Waste Time on Useless Meetings. Research has indicated that employees spend nearly 4 hours every week in useless meetings. Time that could otherwise be spent trying to be proficient at their jobs. Before every meeting you hold, create an agenda beforehand and invite only the people who should be in attendance. Distribute the agenda and ask the invitees to write down their thoughts ahead of time so issues can promptly and accurately be discussed.
  • Avoid Micromanaging. People do not do their best work if they feel that their employer doesn’t trust them to do it on their own. When you give your staff precise goals and a clear pathway to those goals, take a step back and let them achieve those goals on their own. Make sure they have the resources they need and also reinforce the idea that your door is always open, in case they need help.

Employee retention is high on every business’s priority list. Good people are hard to find and even harder to keep these days, but there are practical and easy tips to use to ensure you are doing just that.

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