Monday, May 20, 2013

Five Different Ways to Motivate Your Employees

By guest writer Tony Buchanan

The performance of your staff or employees should always be at an acceptable level. The different ways to motivate your employees can present many benefits such as improved communication, better relationships, developed skills, renewed team spirit and improved morale. A well-motivated team can boost productivity because of low levels of absenteeism. Your business can have a good reputation thus making it easier to recruit the best workers.

1. Team building

To motivate and help your employees maintain their high performance, you can
engage them in team building activities. The team's activities can be categorised as ice breaker, communication, creativity or problem solving. The team building exercises can include an afternoon at the climbing gym or a weekend retreat. Other than physical activities, you can engage the employees on mental activities as well. Initiative and problem solving games can also help improve the morale of your employees. You can create your own group activity or engage in zoom, toxic waste, mine field, the great egg drop and picture pieces games. These activities can help the employees work faster individually and as a team

2. Offer more flexibility

You can help balance the work-life of your employees by giving employees more flexibility. Offer your employees flexible scheduling to break a routine that can eventually demoralise them.
Flexible working breaks the monotony of sitting at a desk or working odd hours all the time. Provided performance remains consistent, employees can have time for doctor's appointments, personal projects and family commitments. Taking a genuine interest in the employees' work-life, being sensitive and offering small gestures often can make a big difference.

3. Develop your listening skills

Using effective listening skills can help motivate your employees. You should listen keenly to your employees with a genuine interest. Encourage them to continue expressing themselves while complimenting and praising them in front of other people. Sharing experiences and ideas to a person who shows genuine interest can make the employee feel important and valued.

4. Reward staff who achieve set goals

Set goals and reward employees who achieve the goals with stars or
bigger monthly rewards. Examples of reward packages include compensation, recognition, time off and on-site baby care. Employees can be motivated to work harder to enjoy the benefits. The reward system can make the organisation be more competitive, reduce turnover and retain key employees.

5. Set a good example

Treat your subordinates with respect. Treat your employees the way you would want them to treat you. Set a good example of cheerfulness, positivity and productivity. Your employees are likely to perform well if they follow a good example. Guide staff behaviour by being professional, coming to work on time, demonstrating loyalty, following all policies, making ethical choices and keeping Internet use, personal conversations and phone calls to a minimum.

You should plan team building activities with a goal in mind. Once the employees return to the office, they should use the lessons they learned to better the workplace environment. The employees' strengths and weaknesses can guide you in choosing the best ways to motivate them.


  1. Very useful blog i overviews the whole post and seems very informative and nice thoughts shared about the team adventures.
    Thanks for sharing such useful blog Keep posting further

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  2. Thanks for commenting James ... much appreciated.


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