Human Resources experts agree on the importance of motivation at work when pursuing success on your business. So much so that big corporations such as Pepsi or Danone are already putting their faith on formulas and methods aiming to improve the work environment, giving a boost to worker’s qualities and productivity.
Inspire motivation at work
We, as humans, need constant approval. We need to feel valued and to know our efforts are being properly recognized. That is why the perfect position should be perceived as a safe and agreeable space, providing means that allow us to meet our expectations and goals, so we can keep growing and enriching inside the company.
But… What does really encourage your employees to give the best of themselves? Some recent researches reveal that motivation coming from salary-increase lasts about three months. So, in spite of being one of the main motivating agents, salary-increase only works on a short-term basis and has become a must, along with workspace and everyday resources. Furthermore, it is highly recommended to express professional recognition to our employees, but it is not enough to stimulate them. On the other had, promotion is not always possible
True motivation lies within each of us, and they go hand by hand with growth and development
Although it is true that external conditions have a notable influence, truly motivation dwells in each person and attends to different growth factors, both professionally and personally. What most workers value is to feel that they are learning and contributing to a group, and also that their efforts are being recognised and valued. Above all, they want to feel they are contributing to improve society. In short, it is all about mutual trust between the company and the worker.
Motivation techniques in the workplace
It is key for your human resources team to devote some time to develop and implement motivational techniques to improve your employee’s well-being, lifting the company’s performance and its competitivity.
But, how to do so? How should you inspire motivation in your team? In addition to economic incentives like bonus, pensions or medical insurances, among others, you should not forget some other motivations towards a greater well-being for the employee. Here you may find some of the finest:
– Flexible schedules can be a strong ally when reinforcing productivity: taking our birthday as a day-off, reducing lunch-break in order to leave earlier, or extending our working schedule in the week so we do not have to work on Friday afternoons are the most regular practices and effective in order to motivate your team.
– Make the choice of holidays easier to your workers. Parents will appreciate to be allowed to attend their children during school-holidays. Employees in general will appreciate the option of matching their holidays with couples or friends.
– Praise the employees for their achievements. This will provide them with a great satisfaction.
– Promote the creation of a good atmosphere propitiating relax, kindness and collaboration.
– Make each member of your team feel integrated and related to the company. Make sure that they know products, services and objectives.
– Encourage in-company promotion with long-term policies. This way, they’ll know you count on them!
– Training means a huge deal to employees, because not only does it boost their growth and qualifications, but it also nurtures their commitment to the company. They will feel valued, and their feeling of belonging will also grow stronger.
In short, is vital for companies to know that a motivated employee is a happy employee, eager to flourish in the company and to give the best they have towards the path the company has set. This way, success will be achieved together and shared by everybody.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”