Let’s face it. Everyone experiences those days where they’d rather be anywhere but at work. It’s normal for employees to have days like these. However, when it starts to become part of their daily routine, it can grow into a bigger problem. When employees become unmotivated day after day, it affects the entire team, which in turn affects productivity and the overall vibe of the workplace.
Of course, besides a money increase, which is appreciated by everyone, there are some other simple yet effective ways to inspire motivation. Let’s start with recognition — it’s one of the best ways to bring about a positive change in attitude. So, with that, let’s talk about how to motivate employees in the workplace.
Recognize great employees. Studies have shown that workers love positive affirmations. People love praise for all the hard work they do. Workers are more willing to leave their jobs if they’re not recognized. Even a simple “Thank You” from managers can go a long way. Yes, annual bonuses are great, but if you want to keep high-performing employees happy, give meaningful praise, and do it often.
Set reachable goals and celebrate positive results. Have you ever had a project that feels like it’s never going to end? Most of us can relate to an experience such as this, and it can make you feel like you’re stuck in a rut. When you feel like there is progress, you feel better about the task at hand. So, provide employees with achievable tasks. Celebrate achieved goals! Let your employees know that all their hard work has contributed to the overall success of the company.
Create a positive atmosphere. Okay, not everyone has to be happy-go-lucky all day. That can raise suspicions. In fact, negative emotions can be a benefit. For instance, having conversations that aren’t so positive can create much-needed changes. But, it’s always a good idea to keep the positive vibes flowing in the workplace. A happy workplace means happy employees, which equates to an increase in business productivity and sales.
Keep snacks in the break room. Most work shifts are 8-plus hours, and during a busy day, some employees may forego taking a lunch break. That’s never a good idea. It’s terrible for the employees’ health and productivity. Employees can get hangry, which in turn makes it harder to focus. Keep your team energized with healthy snacks. Keep your office, and break rooms stocked with healthy snacks and keep your workers happy and fueled up to tackle the rest of their day.
Keep a regular break schedule. When employees are stuck in a rut and feeling unmotivated, stepping away from the computer is a great way to refresh the mind. Sitting all day and working non-stop is unhealthy. Encourage employees to take regular breaks. A break every hour or two can do wonders and has a positive effect on the mind and body. If you don’t feel like going for a walk or leaving your office, get up and stretch your legs and give your eyes a break.
Team Games! Incorporate team-building games that stimulate and encourage employees. Team building activities such as “Minute Wars” and “Making the Band” is not just fun. They can inject some positive energy to the workplace. Laughing, challenging oneself, and building team comradery can inspire teammates to work together, and it creates memories that can help employees get through their day.
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