Inspire Your Employees like a Pro in 6 Easy Steps

help your employees love their jobIt’s National Boss’s day! Part of what makes a good boss is the ability to inspire employees to do their best and want to be at work. This is not always an easy task, but it’s essential for the success of your business. High employee turnover can be very costly for employers and is not something that you want taking up your valuable time. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magical formula that will work to motivate all your employees – everyone is different and will respond to different strategies. That said, using these six steps can help motivate your employees to achieve more and keep your work force happier.

  1. Be Transparent – Transparency can ultimately help your employees feel more comfortable in their work environment and more loyal when there is bad news to be shared one way or another. Transparency should be more than just open communication though, it ultimately should build trust between the employer and their employees. Trust in an organization goes a long way and can help overcome obstacles that otherwise might have remained unsolved.
  2. Personal Growth – Providing your employees opportunities for personal and professional growth is a great way to help them stay motivated at work. When your employees feel trapped and confined to their typical “desk job” they are less motivated to be fully engaged at work and more of a flight risk. Allowing for and providing opportunities for career growth, learning new skills and taking on more responsibility will help your staff feel more valued and appreciated.
  3. Pay Attention to the Individual – Teamwork is a big focus at most jobs and it is easy to overlook the individual. But remembering to give individual employees positive attention and praise when they do a good job will help your employees be motivated to try and earn recognition for themselves. Everyone likes to feel appreciated when they do a good job.
  4. Be Social – Most people prefer to keep some kind of separation in their personal and professional lives; we get that. We’re not saying that everyone at work will always be best friends and hang out on the weekends, but a socially awkward office where no one can even talk to each other isn’t the best option either. Try having a few group lunches where you don’t discuss work, or taking time (outside of meetings) to just have your employees talk to you. Make it a casual situation so people don’t worry bad news is coming.
  5. Make Work Fun – Going to work isn’t everyone’s favorite thing, and the environment at work can play a big part of that. We’ve already mentioned trying to make it more social, but what about the physical environment? Who decided that boring gray and white square cubicles make the best work environment? Try adding some color, fun shapes and motivational thoughts (though we highly suggest avoiding the cheesy, stereotypical motivational posters). Brightening up your workplace may just brighten up the people who work there. Happy workers equal motivated workers.
  6. Be A Brand They Are Proud To Work For Would you want to work for a company that was known as being cutthroat, negatively impacting the environment or full of scandal? No, and your employees don’t want to either. It’s basically the “golden rule” applied to your business, be a brand people are proud to tell people they work for. That’s how you attract and keep the top talent in your industry.

Like we mentioned earlier, there is no magic formula that will work for everyone, but trying all or a mix of these tips is your best bet for success in motivating your employees. Motivated employees will give you their best work and are more likely to stay with your company longer. Feeling a little lost with how to help your employees become motivated? Contact us for our entrepreneurial consulting!

Employees, what do your employers do that helps keep you motivated? Bosses, what are some things you do to try and motivate your employees? We’d love to hear!

About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.
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