Ten ways to motivate your staff.
Research conducted by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) found that one in three people don’t feel appreciated in their workplace.
How to motivate staff – The Excellence Through People way
- Personally thank employees for doing a good job one-on-one, in writing, or both. Do it timely, often, and sincerely.
- Be willing to take the time to meet with and listen to employees – as much as they need or want.
- Provide employees specific and frequent feedback about their performance. Support them in improving performance.
- Recognise, reward, and promote high performers; deal with low and marginal performers so that they improve.
- Provide information on how the company makes and loses money, upcoming products, and services and strategies for competing. Explain the employee’s role in the overall plan.
- Involve employees in decisions, especially as those decisions affect them. Involvement equals commitment.
- Give employees a chance to grow and learn new skills; encourage them to be their best. Show them how you can help them meet their goals while achieving the organisation’s goals. Create a partnership with each employee.
- Provide employees with a sense of ownership in their work and their work environment.
- Strive to create a work environment that is open, trusting, and fun. Encourage new ideas, suggestions, and initiative. Learn from, rather than punish for, mistakes.
- Celebrate successes of the company, of the department, and of individuals in it. Take time for team-building meetings and activities. Be creative and fresh.
For more information, visit the NSAI website.