Top Ten Ways to Motivate Employees
Bonuses and rewards make decent
motivational tools, but their effects can be short-term. The best way to motivate
employees, especially over the long haul, is by creating an environment they enjoy working
1. Provide employees with the right work assignments
and they will consistently produce. They are self motivated if the job is challenging
enough. Provide a mixture of assignments and responsibilities.
2. Energize employees. Give them the opportunity
to make decisions and direct projects.
3. Implement teamwork into your organisation and
department. Employees working closely together toward a common goal will work harder to
achieve their objectives.
4. Provide the opportunity for flexible work
schedules. Pull back from your reliance on the time clock and concentrate on actual
performance instead of just presence in the office. As employees juggle more and more
personal and professional demands, their need for flexible work schedules grows.
5. Share information. Keep employees up to date on
new developments and initiatives in the organisation. Show them how their work affects the
6. Provide recognition. Employees need recognition
and praise. Give ample feedback and public recognition whenever possible.
7. Provide the safety and security that employees
need. Employees crave job security, a steady income, health insurance, and a hazard-free
work environment. Salary and fringe benefits are very important to them.
8. Act as a coach to your staff and encourage your
managerial colleagues to do the same. Create opportunities for senior managers to work
closely with employees eager to learn skills and move up.
9. Ease up on the dress code. Unless your business
demands professional attire, relax the dress code to comfortable standards.
10. Treat employees fairly. They probably compare
work hours, job duties, salary and privileges to those of other employees and will become
discouraged if they perceive inequities.
Submitted by Terri Levine, Professional and Personal
Prepared by Michelle Novotny -
Director Book Recommendation
Title: Motivating Employees Author: Anne Bruce, James S.
Pepitone Publisher: McGraw Hill Cost: $32.95