Lots of us resolve to make major changes in our personal lives and health as a new year begins, but did you know that business owners also believe it’s the best time to boost their employee culture?
Now is a great time to introduce and help establish new habits and lasting motivation. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to keep your employees happy — and retain them for as long as possible. Here are eight creative ideas for motivating your employees this year.
- Pay them well – Employees who are underpaid won’t hesitate to jump ship to another company. Know what other companies in your industry are paying and offer your employees a competitive salary and opportunities for raises. Employee worth goes hand in hand with a paycheck.
- Give them a pleasant place to work – Company culture is all about how it feels to work for you. Give your employees a comfortable space to work in, a fun break room, spaces to collaborate, etc. If they feel motivated by their work environment, productivity will follow.
- Help them grow – Self-development is important to an employee’s personal growth. Yes, they need to get the job done, but they should also be able to continue learning and advancing in their field. This one is a win-win for both employers and employees.
- Set clear goals – There’s nothing worse than an employee who’s confused and unclear about what he’s supposed to be doing. Clear goals and job descriptions will help keep an employee on task and make him feel a sense of accomplishment once those tasks are completed.
- Get to know them – If you truly know your employees’ likes, dislikes, their hobbies and families, then you’ll be better able to determine what motivates them. What works for one employee won’t necessarily work for another. Personal relationships are key to employee retention and motivation.
- Offer rewards – Who doesn’t like to be thanked or rewarded for their hard work? This can be accomplished with an email, lunch meeting or something more organized like a weekly or monthly recognition ceremony.
- Champion leadership – Micromanagers don’t get very far in business. Encouraging your employees to lead will give them self-confidence and allow them to eventually move up in the company. You’re going to be looking for future leaders one day anyway.
- Promote teamwork – The workplace can be a lot more fun when employees have friends and are encouraged to work as a team. Building a culture of teamwork and collaboration will help employees to become fully engaged and truly enjoy their work.
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