Tips to Increase Employee Motivation

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Tips to Increase Employee Motivation

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As we jump feet first into a new year — and approach National “Punch the Clock Day” on January 27 — it’s important to keep in mind that your employees shouldn’t feel like their job is simply “punching the clock.”

According to a Gallup study, 63 percent of employees worldwide are lacking motivation – meaning they are unlikely to invest extra effort toward reaching organizational goals.

By finding new ways to increase the office buzz and change up old routines, you can help keep your employees motivated and engaged in their work — and ultimately improve outcomes for your business. Here are a few ways you can increase motivation in the new year:

1. Don’t underestimate the “extras” 

It’s easy to dismiss little benefits like snacks, gym access and catered meals — but the truth of the matter is that those extras can really have an impact on employee motivation. When you offer your employees these kinds of benefits (that are often little to no expense to you), it helps them feel valued and taken care of.

2. Have a little fun 

Business doesn’t always have to be serious. Give your employees something to look forward to every now and then — especially after busy periods or stressful situations at the office. This can come in the form of an office happy hour, employee birthday celebration, team lunch or other kind of social activity that doesn’t involve reviewing spreadsheets or quarterly goals. This will help lighten the mood and give your team a chance to breathe amidst their day-to-day workload.

3. Say “thank you”

One of the easiest ways to increase motivation? Thank your employees! If your team knows their good work will be recognized, they’ll have more motivation to do well over and over. And there’s no reason for leaders not to say “thank you,” as it takes hardly any effort on your end.

4. Set incremental goals

Not only should you recognize good work, but you should make it easy for employees to recognize their own achievements. By setting small, measurable goals, employees will have something to work toward each and every day — and will be able to attain that sense of accomplishment more often.

5. Stay positive

Last but certainly not least — you can increase employee motivation by simply staying positive. Help your employees look forward to coming to work every day by setting an upbeat tone in the office, no matter what. Remember, positivity goes a long way!

It’s easy for employees to lose motivation as they get into the routine of a job — but you can help by giving them things to look forward to, which will increase motivation and keep your office thriving. Want to know how else you can keep your employees at their best? Check out additional recommendations on how to build a strong team.

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