If you’re really interested in having your workers to do their job at the best of their possibilities there are some key success factors for employee motivation which you should follow to get the results you want. If you’re not one of those bosses who think workers are like donkeys but a leader who wants a great working team believe me that it’s not a difficult thing to get. Actually it just requires a bit of commitment. And communication.
If you as the employer are ready to give something to your employees in exchange of something else everything will work smooth. Team leading is 90 percent of times a kind of a bargain, you want something in exchange for what you give to workers, they want something back from what they give you. Salary is one factor but it doesn’t end with it and after a certain amount it doesn’t guarantee you, on its own, that your workers will go the extra mile for you.
The Four Key Success Factors for Employee Motivation explained.
A worker usually wants to:
- be recognized for his ability and given merit when a good job is done. Everyone appreciates when the business owner comes and say, possibly in public, “Well done Joe, really a good job”. As much as when something goes wrong and the owner privately says “Joe we have a problem, this thing must be done again.”
- More money. Especially during recessions like this one. Clearly it can be linked to better production but every worker appreciates when beside words there is something tangible in exchange for a high quality service.
- Better work environment. Can substitute or enhance the point above. Maybe you can’t pay more your employees but you can surely make better the time they stay at work. Cool during Summer, warm during Winter, clean, uncluttered, open space, longer breaks, etc. If your workers smile at work then your employee motivation is already around the top.
- More free time. To pass with family and friends because you know, people needs a life; a real life, not online and not at work. The rat race theory says that to be successful you should work all day long but this just makes business owners rich, workers stressed and Psychologists, Stress Managers or Counselors even richer. Also time can be exchanged for money; if you can’t pay more your workers why not giving them half a day free when they’ve finished their job for the week? Or one hour when they’ve done their day job? They’ll rest and come back to work refreshed and with more energy; and this means more productivity.
These are the four key success factors to boost the employee motivation to the top, and keep it there. If you like you can even reduce it to just two points: respecting your workers (and clearly getting the same from them) and putting yourself in their shoes (exchanged by having them do the same with you).
Every relationship works when there is a two way exchange of information and business follows the same rule. A business owner needs workers and employees need an employer. A leader needs a team and a team needs a leader. You need happy employees and they need a happy employer.
Find the point where the employer and employees meet and nothing will stop you and your business.
What do you think about improving employee motivation using these key success factors? Do you use something else? Speak your mind!