Whether you’re a manager, small business owner, or CEO of a huge corporation, motivating your employees is essential in your business’ growth and expansion. Happy workers = productive workers and productive workers generate revenue for your business.
So the big question is, how do you motivate your employees?
YOU HAVE TREMENDOUS INFLUENCE ON YOUR EMPLOYEES
The truth of the matter is the biggest influence on employees’ motivation and their performance, is you.
That’s right. You.
As the owner or CEO, you are the creator of your business’ world. You construct its rules, set its standards, and establish its framework. It reflects who you are and what you believe. In other words, you establish the corporate culture.
This is a big deal. According to the Harvard Business Review, “business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know how to control”.
So what’s the trick? How do you keep your employees motivated, engaged, and happy? Incentive packages? Vacation days? Donuts?
Those help, but it really comes down to behavior, namely yours.
Effective corporate culture stems from strong, positive leadership. Behavior is contagious. As your company’s figurehead, your behavior has the biggest impact. You set the example and your managers and staff will emulate it.
When you’re constantly working to move your company forward, it’s easy to forget the effects your words and actions have on your employees, specifically their drive and determination. There will always be days where you’re so busy answering questions and making sure clients are satisfied that your employees’ emotions don’t even cross your mind. But taking stock of your behavior and its role in shaping day-to-day operations can be tremendously beneficial.
Here are five behavior tips that can help you keep your corporate culture healthy and your employees motivated.
TAKE A WALK
- It’s easy to get lost in your work and forget about what’s going on around you. Staying in your office all day makes you an outsider in your own company and doesn’t allow you to connect with your employees. Even just taking a break to get coffee gives you the opportunity to talk to your employees and get to know them beyond their job titles. Ask about their hobbies, learn about their families, discover who they are. Expressing genuine interest in the lives of your employees makes them more comfortable around you, and the less stressed your employees are, the more productive they will be.
BALANCE LIFE AND WORK
- It’s very difficult to perform your job when you’re stressed, burned out, or feel overwhelmed. This is why work-life balance is extremely important and it is unfortunately a huge obstacle that many people face. Employers are expect a lot from their staff, which results in this enormous amount of stress and pressure that is put on them to get it done. This turns your normal 9:00a-5:00p day into 8:00a-7:00p day, preventing you from doing anything other than work. Employees conform to this “workplace culture” where they feel obligated to add additional hours onto our days just to get the work done. This should not be the case.
“Maintaining a work and life balance is not only important for your personal health and relationships, but also can improve the efficiency of your work performance” (http://aib.edu.au/blog/work-life-balance-is-important/). As an employee, you should go on a weekend trip or take a sick day. Spending more time with your friends and family will result in a happier and more productive work environment. Most importantly, keep your home and work lives separate. If you’re stressed at work, bringing the stress home with you will only create a strain between you and the people you interact with on a daily basis. So find a balance that works for you!
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
- As a business owner, you can’t expect your employees to work hard or behave the way you want them to if you don’t set expectations. Coming into work stressed or a bad mood creates tension in the workplace. Your attitude is a powerful force and it influences everyone around you — employees, customers, vendors, etc. “Good moods are infectious, especially in the workplace.” Coming into work with an optimist attitude and ready to tackle the day’s work creates positive difference in your employees’ motivation and performance.
EMPOWER YOUR EMPLOYEES
Conduct employee reviews regularly throughout the year and ask for their input or get suggestions on how they can improve their performance. Everyone performs their job differently and even though one way might work for 1 person, it might not work for another. Maybe they have ideas on how they can be more efficient with their time or how the company can be more efficient. Take these ideas into consideration and realize not all methods work for everyone. Give them a say in how to do their job.
OPPORTUNITY OF ADVANCEMENT
All employees want to know that they’re working towards something. If they think there is no room to advance in the company or their hard work isn’t being noticed, they don’t have much to work for. Motivate your employees by offering training sessions that will give them the skills to potentially move up within the company’s corporate ladder. By giving an option to advance within the company, it also makes your business a favorable place to work since no one wants to work for a dead-end company.
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