Motivation is something that needs thinking about before putting in place. You first need to work out what’s the drive for your employees and what causes an employee to want to do their job. Before you move on you need to understand that not everyone is motivated by the same thing. Some people are motivated by money and others are motivated by time.
Money is often the basis for what most people think is at the top of the list for employee motivation. Obviously, higher pay or a monetary incentive is always welcome. And it’s not something to be embarrassed about, after all we could all use a little extra cash. The monetary incentive is a good one because bonus is always something to work towards but also that means you’re making the company money. You make the company money, the company pays you a little more money. That’s how it works.
Whilst a monetary incentive is the most common motivational tool it isn’t the only way to get an employee to push themselves that little bit further.
A monetary incentive and a great working environment are great ways to motivate employees but personally time is the best of all. Money is something we can earn and an improved working environment is something we can work towards. Time however isn’t something we can get back.
If you’re able to award your staff with time off then this can be a huge weapon in your arsenal of motivational tools. Awarding your employees with a day off or even a half day is going to make them feel great. No other incentive provides us with that feeling of being paid to have time off which isn’t in our allotted holiday for that year. It’s almost a feeling of bunking off school, except we’re allowed to do it this time!
Now that you have these few techniques in your arsenal try them out when the next opportunity presents itself and see if they make a difference. Remember, motivation kicks in when an employee is excited by the outcome.
There are many techniques for motivating staff and I’m sure this is just scratching the surface so if you’ve experienced different successes then please share.