Motivating employees is a good example of making your business pay more with less effort and investment. After all, your team’s engagement is all the fuel needed to bring promising results without increasing internal costs.
However, this exercise doesn’t occur overnight, nor does it have an end. Motivating employees is an endless activity that feeds a never-ending cycle of results for the company and bonuses (personal and professional) for your employees through good people management.
So let’s see what these tips are and how small and medium-sized businesses can grow sustainably with the enriching assistance of your most valuable assets. Good reading!
1. Create an individual and collective purpose
Individually, you can make performance appraisals to continually improve the performance of your employees. This, coupled with a career path, can help motivate employees continually once they are aware of what they must do to move up the organization.
Collectively, how about recognizing the importance of the work of all teams? Impartially, give everyone merit, acknowledge their efforts and especially each achievement based on short, medium and long term goals for all. Prevent work from falling into sameness: continually stimulate new challenges and provide the technological means for them to produce more, and better, continuously.
2. Make room for everyone to express their opinions
In meetings, allow everyone to express their ideas and opinions, something simple to show how much management believes in the participation of its employees in the growth of the company.
In addition, in the daily life of the company, it is important to have communication channels so that your professionals also give their opinions on the most varied subjects. When this openness is realized, you can motivate employees to develop a sense of belonging and thus always seek new solutions to achieve better results continuously.
3. Integrate teams to motivate employees
Through integration events, you can make professionals understand the entire workflow and get closer to other professionals than just those next to their stalls.
Consequently, new limits of empathy can be established in the organization, uniting employees to do quality work and thus not hindering the later stages of the process.
Not to mention this gives managers a deeper understanding of the people behind the professional. At lunch and happy hours, among other events, individuals loosen up more and create an interesting familiarization that can make everyone focus in the same direction.
4. Promote training
Training is a really effective way to motivate employees. After all, it is an immediate response to show how much management is aware of the importance of developing its human resources and is looking for the means to do so.
Therefore, it is worth applying performance appraisals: gradually, managers and HR identify common problem situations, which encourages the development of new training, solving the problems and even adding more value to the professional profile of your employees.
5. Think flexible benefits
Quite attractive in people management is the development of a flexible benefits policy. This is because it gives employees the autonomy to build a plan based on their profile (objectives and needs). Unlike following the inflexibility of company rules.
Imagine that by doing so, you can motivate employees to want to be in a company that understands them and gives them the freedom to assemble their benefits package and to have other elements that spur their growth in the organization. A great ally in retaining and attracting talent to your business.
6. Develop wellness campaigns
Finally, look for ways to add a healthier and more productive lifestyle to your employees. They can be:
- internal consultations with nutritionists (or simply offering more balanced menus) to promote a balanced diet that meets each individual’s goals and needs;
- labor gymnastics to lengthen and stiffen the muscles, and serve as a functional practice to prevent injuries (like RSI – repetitive strain injury);
- organization of group walks or cycling to integrate employees and encourage healthy habits. And exercise is at the top of this list;
- gamification strategies to challenge teams and unite them in the search for results. Thus, a more collaborative environment is qualitatively promoted;
- awareness campaigns, such as collection of warm clothing, anti-smoking and October Rose, among others.
This not only brings employees closer together but can motivate them from this constant concern that the company shows in people’s health and well-being.
Of course, there are still other ways to motivate employees and add more value to your business. That’s why we recommend you also check out our article on how keeping talents in small and midsize businesses is essential!