6 Ways To Motivate Your Employees To Excel

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We all know what a difference employee motivation can make in business, so I thought I’d share a few of the staff motivation techniques that have really worked for my clients.

But, let’s start at the beginning…

As a small business owner, you know how crucial your workforce is to success. Think about when your operations begin to expand, and your employee numbers soar. This can really add to your pressure as a business owner.

It often also results in a drop in employee job motivation.

Most of us, at some point or other, have dealt with a large, corporate employer that left us feeling like a faceless number.

Here’s five ways to connect and motivate your workforce to make sure that your burgeoning business doesn’t head down that path.

Communicate, communicate, communicate

If you’re not talking to your employees, don’t expect them to talk to you about the important things either.

Make sure you have a personal connection with as many staff as you possibly can. If your organisation is growing rapidly, offer skip-level meetings, write a newsletter, hold regular all-staff meetings.

Take all opportunities to keep in close contact with the people that are on this business journey with you.

Focus on their development

Success is all about attitude – yours, and your employee’s.

If your staff don’t feel that you care about their individual career goals, it’ll be a tough ask to have them care about your goals as much as you do.

Make sure you engage with your staff, understand what they really want from their career, and help them make it happen. Whether it’s learning and development, or mentoring, or the chance to learn new skills while on the job.

Employyee motivation from learning
Helping your people to learn and grow will boost employee motivation.

Set consumable, achievable, exciting goals

Your grand vision might be crystal clear to you, but for employees, an overarching vision can seem unattainable and intangible.

Make sure you give your staff small goals that can easily be achieved as part of the larger whole. You know that making the big things happen is all about the daily, step-by-step process. So make sure that your employees know how to achieve their big goals, one small goal at a time.

Invest in work-life balance

Life happens, and sometimes it’s going to happen to your employees. Work-life balance isn’t just about leaving on time or how many sick days taken – it’s also about sick children, doctor’s appointments, and mental health days.

Offer flexibility where you can, and your employees will feel heard, understood, and cared for.

Work life balance can add to employee motivation.
Work life balance can add to employee motivation.

Learn what makes each employee tick

Engage with them and find out what work it is that they do and don’t like to do, particularly as to how it relates to working to a time line, IE goals vs time.

Share your vision for the company and respond to and of their questions or concerns. If you cannot find a way to address their concerns, they may ‘fill in the blanks’ with a negative narrative.

Gamify like the tech kings

We’re all human, and we’re all more susceptible to a lingering game of Candy Crush than we’d like to admit. Silicon Valley has twigged to this, and more and more start-ups are using fun, game-like tactics to incentivise their employees. Think boy scout badges and gold stars, but for adults. Finish a training module? Earn 10-points on the employee awesome-o-meter!

When it comes to motivating your staff, the adage of ‘thinking out of the box’ needs to apply. The ways in which businesses are being run are simultaneously more challenging, and changing more rapidly than ever before, which means you need to constantly ensure you are celebrating, rewarding and motivating you employees.

Conclusion

Here are 6 staff motivation techniques that will go a long way to growing the level of employee motivation in your business.

  1. Communicate, communicate, communicate
  2. Focus on their development
  3. Set consumable, achievable exciting goals
  4. Invest in work-life balance
  5. Learn what makes each employee tick
  6. Gamify like the tech kings

What do you feel you most need to improve on from this list?

To connect with Evan Goodman , Business Coach check out his bio below.

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Evan Goodman
Over the past 30 years, Evan Goodman | Business Coach has founded numerous ‘start-ups’, built them into successful businesses and gone on to sell them. He has experienced and overcome most of the common challenges faced by business owners and leaders and understands the pressure and stresses that running a business can cause. He also recognises the value and importance of getting sound advice and support when faced by these common challenges and of being prepared to openly discuss issues with a coach or mentor. Since building up his last business into a national company, and selling it in 2009, Evan focusses on coaching SME business owners on how to become business leaders. He has a Master of Business Coaching degree UOW; creating a unique blend of experience, expertise and coaching best practice for his clients.

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