The employees within your business are valuable – they are an asset, and they should be treated as such. Even though your employees are valuable, you still want to get the best out of them for your business. If the working environment for employees is not as productive as you would like it to be, what changes can you set about making? How can you get that motivation and drive back that has perhaps been lost along the way? How can you increase productivity at all levels?
Lead By Example
Focusing your efforts on how you lead, and on how you behave is important. When you lead by example, you demonstrate what kind of behavior and approach you would like others to have. If you are not leading by example, then what are you doing, what examples are you setting, and, more importantly, what standards are you setting? You can lead by example in anything and everything you do (and you should), from how you communicate to others, to how you conduct and carry yourself when you are at work. When you lead by example, all employees have something positive to watch, learn from, and replicate.
Establish Root Cause of Problems
As well as modeling what you expect to see, you must also establish the underlying issues and root causes your employees may be facing. For example, is there discontent amongst employees? Do they feel that they are being treated unfairly? What has had an impact on them, and what has caused them to lose motivation and interest at work? You may get answers by regularly monitoring daily and weekly activities.
One way in which employees may be struggling with motivation is they may be feeling undervalued. They may have produced excellent results recently, or they may be hitting all their targets, but they may not be getting the recognition they deserve. When you are running your business, you must carve out time to recognize the hard work and dedication that employees put into your business. To ensure that this happens regularly, you may want to put an appraisal structure in place that can then be monitored and managed.
Find New Ways to Motivate and Inspire
There can be times when you feel that you have exhausted all options with your employees. When this happens, you need to look at fresh approaches and methods. For example, looking at getting in a Motivational Speaker to inspire employees to achieve greatness may be something that you look at. As a business owner, it can be hard to please everybody at the same time, and this is where coaches and speakers can be utilized.
To achieve (and sustain) motivation, you should focus your efforts on creating a friendly working environment and atmosphere. When employees enjoy being at work (and carrying out their roles), they are less likely to struggle from lack of motivation. So, take a look around your workplace and see where change can be implemented.