What Motivates Employees to Perform Their Best?

by Justin Reynolds on Mar 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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Your company will only be as strong as the employees that drive it forward.

It’s a lot easier for any company to meet its goals when a strong staff of motivated and engaged employees is on hand. Not only are engaged employees more productive than their disengaged peers, they are also in better moods — something which contributes to a positive company culture.

If you want your organization to continue growing and adding value to the lives of your customers for the foreseeable future, you need a staff that is motivated to reach its full potential. But what exactly motivates employees to perform their best? Let’s take a look:

 

Managers Who Lead by Example

Anyone who’s ever worked for a manager who says one thing and does another knows how uninspiring it can be. On the other hand, managers who lead by example encourage their employees to follow in their footsteps. If you want your employees to work as hard as they can and do their best work, you need to show them how it’s done. Do your best and your employees will too.

Recognizing Their Work

Studies show that employee recognition increases engagement. When you are committed to doing a good job, it’s nice to know your efforts are appreciated. An easy way to motivate your employees is by recognizing their accomplishments on a regular basis. Be careful not to go overboard, though, because then your compliments may not seem genuine. To increase the number of voices in the process, use a tool that allows team members to recognize their colleagues’ hard work.

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Coworkers Who Work Hard Too
Nobody likes to feel like they are the ones busting their tails while their coworkers are simply showing up and going through the motions. When everyone in the office is working hard and doing great work, employees are motivated to take their game to the next level.

 

Freedom and Flexibility

Nobody enters the workforce hoping to be micromanaged. If you want to motivate your employees, prove to them that you trust them and respect their ability to get things done. Let them work autonomously, making their own schedules and working from wherever they want to work (at least occasionally). They’ll appreciate the flexibility and improved work-life balance and will work hard to keep those benefits intact.

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Investments in Their Future

Today’s professionals care a great deal about professional development opportunities. Yet according to our Engagement Report, only 25% of employees feel as though their organizations offer ample opportunities to grow. Give your employees lots of opportunities to obtain new skills and learn new things. They’ll be motivated to reach their full potential.

 

Managers Promoted From Within

When employees see that their coworkers are promoted into managerial positions, it becomes clear that they may one day have a similar opportunity. Whenever it’s possible, fill your senior roles internally. Your employees will produce at their highest level in hopes they may be called upon when the next position opens up.

When you are able to motivate your staff effectively, it’s almost as if you’re adding additional headcount without adding a cent to your payroll. Productivity increases across your organization. As a result, your team is able to deliver better products and services to your customers. And they’re happy while doing it.

What does your organization do differently to motivate employees?

 

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This post was written by Justin Reynolds

Justin Reynolds is a freelance copywriter, journalist, and editor based in Connecticut.

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