In a time when the job market is rapidly changing, layoffs are occurring in waves, and times are still a bit uncertain, it’s normal that your staff might need a little extra motivation in the workplace. If you’re an employer or manager, and feel like your staff is working on autopilot, there are ways to keep your team motivated with a clear head and productive environment.
Reconfiguring bonuses and raises can help keep your team focused on their goals and work quality. For instance, if your organization generally gives bonuses around the holidays, consider splitting up the bonuses into a quarterly earning. Knowing an extra paycheck is coming every few month is an incentive to your employees. This can also be considered with commission structures.
Always try to communicate early with your team if you know of any changes or slowdowns in the company or market. Keep an open line with between staff and manager. Employees respond more positively when they know their superiors are remaining empathetic and keeping their best interest at heart.
Your team members want to know advancement is in their future. Always be sure that you’re checking in on their performances every quarter in order to remind them of their growth opportunities. Knowing that a promotion or higher position is on the horizon will keep them motivated in the workplace. If possible, it is also ideal to offer employees assistance in obtaining a new degree or licensure to climb in their career.
Try to support your employees when they have fresh, new ideas, even if you’re not quite sure how they will play out. They want to know their managers are not only listening, but taking them seriously as well. Indeed says, “If you criticize or publicly blast your employees’ failures, they’re going to lose the motivation to try something new. Accept that taking risks comes with some failure. Use it as an opportunity to learn and improve next time, so employees feel comfortable taking risks in the future.”