Many businesses have always focused on the practice of motivating their employees outside of financial compensation. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in good or bad financial times though, because figuring out the leading methods for motivating your employees will always work to your benefit. The goal is to figure out what works for everyone on an individual basis.
The greatest way to do this is to begin with talking to your team on a regular basis. At FB Displays & Designs, Inc., we always keep an open dialogue. Due to the small size of our team, we have the opportunity to understand what motivates each other and positively reinforce those facets.
Through a combination of asking direct questions, listening and observing you’ll quickly begin to draw a picture in your mind of what it is that makes each employee tick.
Some of the questions you ask could be:
-What have you been most proud of here at work?
-How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
-Generally, what makes you happy?
-If there were anything you could change here, what would it be?
-What would your ideal work environment be?
Most people tend to fall into one of three categories:
APPLAUSE: This is the category for folks who seek recognition and praise given in either a public or private forum. This could be a letter of thanks, an award for good job performance or even just a “way to go” from time to time.
CHALLENGE: Some people feel the best motivator is knowing that their employer trusts them to accomplish bigger and more complex tasks. This could be as simple as empowering someone to re-design a company bulletin board or as forward as inviting them into a meeting of supervisors to ask for their input.
TIME: This category is for people who find their motivation outside of their work environment. This could be the occasional extension of a break or even time away from their job to spend with family and friends. It could also fall into the realm of comfort, where the individual has an opportunity to listen to music or work outside while completing projects.
Again, the best way to figure out what works best for your employees is by taking the time to find out. The effort you make may even be the best motivator you find. What are some methods that you use to motivate your team?
SOURCE: Nicole Donnely, HybridMom.com