A recent study showed that a shocking 53% of employees dislike their jobs. Unhappy workers are less motivated and can bring down the entire office morale.

Keeping your employees motivated means higher production numbers and increased sales. But how do you foster and encourage motivation in the workplace?

This article explores some tips and tricks for establishing and maintaining staff motivation. 

Give Credit Where Credit’s Due

Everyone likes to be recognized for their accomplishments. A mere pat on the back or “job well done” can go far in boosting an employee’s confidence.

Shed the misconception that the supervisors and managers in the office don’t care or notice employees’ hard work. If their efforts go unrecognized, employees will stop working as hard.

On the flip side, if they know there’s the potential for recognition, or maybe even a bonus, they’ll be more motivated to keep up the good work. Incentives keep employees engaged.

Maintain Open Lines of Communication

Your staff wants to be heard. Motivation comes from feeling appreciated and respected. Try to create an open-door policy in the workplace.

That means allowing employees to come to you with their questions, concerns, and issues. Hear them out in a judgment-free zone. Avoid passing judgment. Instead, really listen to what they have to say. Then, offer concrete solutions or the promise to look into the situation.

When employees feel respected, they’re more motivated to do good work. If they feel closed-off from administrators or are made to feel “less than”, chances are they won’t take pride in their work or perform to your standards. 

Find out more here about how to get your employees to give 100% on the job.

Plan Team Building Events

Has the work environment in your office become stale? Are employees at odds or struggling to find common ground? Nothing breaks the ice or gets the creative juices flowing quite like team building activities.

The best part is, there are hundreds of ideas to choose from!

One concept that’s growing in popularity is the escape room. Putting a group of people into a room or maze where they need to follow clues and work together to escape.

This is the perfect way for coworkers to learn how to work together toward a common goal. Players are forced to put their differences aside and focus on their individual strengths to get the job done.

Some of the best team building events provide attendees skills and experiences they can later apply in the office.

Encourage Friendly Competition

Just as important as it is for employees to learn to work together, a little friendly competition never hurts. Competition breeds productivity.

Set a sales goal and incentives for reaching it. Offer a bonus to the top three employees who achieve a specific goal. Incentives can be something as small as VIP parking for the day to something as tempting as a cash bonus.

Offer Advancement Opportunities

No one wants to feel like they’re stuck in a dead-end job. Getting up and going to work every day with no chance for upward mobility is exhausting and quite frankly, depressing!

Make sure your staff knows that there are opportunities for advancement within the company. Even if you don’t have much room for promotions that offer more pay, increased responsibilities, lateral promotions, and even more prestigious titles all help employees feel important and valued.

Whenever possible, conduct mini-interviews that allow deserving employees to gain more professional experience by expanding their current roles.

Lead By Example

Do as I say, not as I do. No one likes a leader who barks orders. Employees are also less willing to listen to a boss who they think has no idea what their job really entails.

Let your workers know that you care and understand their daily struggles by getting down in the trenches with them. This means working by their side from time to time. 

Not only does this show them a more personal, humanistic side of you, but it also gives you a first-hand look at the inner workings of the company. You can see what procedures are working and which need revamping. 

It’s also important to show your employees how you want the job done, instead of simply directing them. Employees are less likely to feel motivated by being talked at. Instead, roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, and show them how you want the job done. 

Encourage Creativity and Individuality

Establishing motivation in the workplace is all about recognizing and valuing employees’ individual strengths. Highlighting these strengths and then finding creative ways to use them shows employees that you need and appreciate them. It also makes them feel like an integral part of the team.

A workplace with no diversity is a boring one. If you want your company to advance and grow, you need to think outside the box. That’s why it’s in your best interest to capitalize on employees’ individuality and creativity. 

Give your staff a little freedom when it comes to drafting projects or presentation ideas. See what their unique thoughts are and how they fit into the company values and mission statement. 

Keep Things Exciting

Boredom is the death of creativity and motivation. As soon as the workplace gets stale and mundane, you can say good-bye to motivated, energetic employees. That’s why a key to maintaining motivation in the workplace is to keep things exciting.

That doesn’t mean you have to throw a party every day, but it does mean giving your staff a chance to unwind, let loose, and destress. 

Plan a company happy-hour on the last Friday of the month. Offer dress-down days or themed days where employees can switch-up their normal work attire. Let someone different lead the weekly staff meetings.

While these may seem like insignificant changes, they can do a world of good for employee morale and motivation. 

Creating Motivation in the Workplace Isn’t as Hard as You Think

With a little creativity and effort, you can easily foster motivation in the workplace.

At the end of the day employees just want to feel appreciated and valued. They want to come to work at a place that’s fun, energetic, and inspiring. They want to be heard.

Listen to what your staff needs and offer them opportunities for advancement and ways to express their creativity.

Need more tips and tricks for creating a fun work environment or getting ahead in the business world? Check out blog regularly for more helpful posts!

By Ben Mattice

Benjamin Mattice is a freelance writer/editor, horror and sci-fi writer, SEO and affiliate marketing newbie, dog wrestler, cat wrangler, capoeirista, and long distance runner. He lives in the Palouse with his wife, three dogs, two cats, and two rats. Yes, that would probably be considered a mini-zoo.