Motivate Employees to Higher Productivity Levels

Sharon Boyd has nearly 25 years of experience between both the healthcare and marketing industries. In addition to being an RDH and content writing expert, she also holds a degree in business. Her responsibilities primarily include tackling the communication barriers between small business owners or healthcare providers and their prospective clientele.

Motivate Employees to Higher Productivity Levels

You’ve been there as an employee. The job is tedious or boring. You have no say so in what you do. Your manager, supervisor, or lead is always hovering, looking to nit-pick anything you do slightly different. One of the biggest problems owners and managers have to figure out is how to keep their employees motivated. Once they solve that problem, productivity, morale, and teamwork go through the roof! Let’s explore some of the keys to increasing your employees’ work satisfaction:

Make Them an Offer They Can’t Refuse!

There are two primary reasons people do things: to get the carrot or avoid the stick. Companies are usually more aggressive with disciplinary action than they are with incentives. Workers may show up and do their jobs, but are unhappy with the culture. Morale plummets; the person who was once an ideal candidate for the job becomes your worst nightmare.

But what if you offered more incentives for a job well done? Offering a “carrot” to your employees gives them something to reach for. Make incentives achievable, but with a definite goal for improvement. Build on incentives, providing an ultimate objective to reach. If you’re able to, offer them a choice; getting to leave a couple hours early might be more valuable to them than a gift card or lunch.

Finally, notice when they take steps in the right direction. Offer praise and encouragement to let them know you see and appreciate their hard work!

Get Creative

Older, established businesses may be set in their ways. Newer or younger employees with a handle on new technology and methods may have great ideas for new products and systems that could drive sales and increase profits. However, if creative ideas are squelched instead of encouraged, it will spell trouble for your company down the road.

Competition in an open market is a good and necessary thing, but you don’t want it at the cost of your business and customers!

Take Ownership

Encourage your employees to take ownership of their job. Do not be so set in processes that you aren’t flexible to incorporate their ideas and workstyle. Encourage ideas in other areas than just workflow. Have your employees asked for a change in their environment or in the flexibility of work hours? If it’s possible and not completely out of line for your business, see if you can make the accommodations they ask for. Feeling like they have a say in the workplace and workday goes a long way toward creating happier, more productive workers.

Lifelong Learning

Try a new approach to employee motivation. Offer your staff the option to pursue continuing education. Provide options that are relevant to your business, but don’t make those the only classes available. The freedom to pursue new knowledge can help employees feel empowered and appreciated.

There are many ways to help your team grow and thrive, and by helping them, you help your business. Taking care of your employees is one of the best business investments you can make!